Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Physicists aren't Dorks

PZ Meyers links to an interview with Richard Feynman at Google Video, asserting that not all physicists are dorks. I don't take any offense. In fact, I think the opposite is true. The more social, friendly and outgoing the physicist is, it seems the better they do. Sounds like the corporate world, no? Does to me. I don't begrudge those successful, friendly physicists, but what is distasteful are those who do well due primarily to their connections, cliquishness, and self-promotion and in spite of their failures as a scientists.

Not only could one argue "it's not fair" (I don't, so spare me the "the world is not fair" response), but such deviations from a meritocracy are demoralizing to the young researchers trying to get permanent jobs.