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  •  I had a quote from someone... (3+ / 0-)
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    MeToo, NNadir, Translator

    ...regarding the old scientists that was "They had magic in their fingertips", meaning they could make things work and understand complex scientific principles with simple experiments. In my twenty years I've seen patent lawyers and marketing managers become more important than researchers in deciding what gets done in the lab. Though in regards to the old equipment, I've worked with scientists from the fifties who wouldnt give up their computer-generated graphs and libraries of references for the old index cards and pen and ink charts turned into slides days...I work in chromatography which has been developed in the last thirty years and the accomplishments are incredible. But, no matter what the technology, a good scientist finds interesting questions to answer.

    •  Your last sentence means a lot. (1+ / 0-)
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      MeToo

      That is why I conceive, write, perform to an extent, and publish my science ideas here.  Warmest regards, Doc.

      Sometimes I feel like Robert Louis Stevenson created me. -6.25, -6.05

      by Translator on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 09:05:29 PM PDT

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    •  Oh man...don't get me started on the patent (1+ / 0-)
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      bryfry

      lawyers.

      One of the requirements of the little league around here is that you have to agree to do manual field labor for one day - shovel and painting kind of stuff.

      I got stuck on a work detail with two patent lawyers and these shit heads - and they were shit heads - are sitting there deciding whether or not the folks in their company can continue to do Crohn's disease research.   One of the things that struck me is that they didn't know their asses from their elbows, really.

      I knew a high level executive in their company, a very gracious man, kind well spoken, fair, and very, very smart.   One day I brought in some guy with an MBA that I was forced to bring along by my company for a meeting.

      The executive (from a pharmaceutical company I will not name) said (speaking of his own company from which he was about to retire), "you know what's wrong with this fucking company..."  (and it was the first and only time I heard him swear) "...it's run by stupid shits with history degrees and MBA's."

      He was pissed.

      Me, I kind of enjoyed it.  

      It was funny as hell.   The MBA I was forced to bring along was a stupid little right wing cretin, dumb as a stump.   He had a "degree" in chemical engineering and obviously he cheated to get it.   He didn't know the structure of ethanol.   I kid you not.

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