Humility

I am surrounded by people who published close to or more than 500 papers, who have a super high Hirsch factor of bigger than 100, who have had third party funding more than 10 mill, who get prices that I have never heard before.

Scientists who spend their life in first class plane seats but not in the lab, who spend their night in expensive hotels while their postdocs do all the work. Scientists at broadcasted talk shows who haven’t read a paper from start to finish for years.

Ritchie “Science Fictions” 2020

In 
fact, 
the 
way 
academic 
research 
is 
currently
 set 
up 
incentivises these
 problems,
 encouraging
 researchers
 to
 obsess
 about
 prestige,
 fame, funding
 and
 reputation
 at
 the
 expense
 of
 rigorous,
 reliable
 results.

For true science the only way is to accept our incapability, our disability and our powerlessness. As @DrTedros said yesterday

Standard is Failure not Success.