Oh, the people who read this blog are a laugh riot.
The comment Newton made- and correct me if this is apocryphal!- about standing on the shoulders of giants, I'm told, was sarcastic.
I figured the comment about Darwin wasn't true, so thank you to the person who gave us a link for that. But hey, as a literary device, it worked well enough for my purposes! And oh so interactive.
The scientists who graciously credit those who came before them, and their peers, are very few. I think most people who have been reading this can agree to that much.
I love the idea of the 'herd of independent thinkers'. I'm not sure how that works but I get your point and I think it's a valid one.
For the person who studied economics and chemistry and says postdocs should form unions: THANK YOU. We are the fruit pickers. I've known this for a long time. Why else do they let us wear jeans to work?
For almost everyone else, HAVE YOU NO SHAME???. Case in point, here's a sampling of the glorious typos and mis-spellings in the many idiotic, though some thoughtful, and some in defense of me, all of them clearly passionate, including the person saying it doesn't matter if you're passionate about what you work on. This is just from the comments posted most recently:
"Try to think of something entreprenorial to do, do it, and quit bitching."
"so we end up staying in school to long ." (this one might be my favorite)
"The point is that intellegent resource allocation must take place, and you seem to have conviently missed this point so you can talk about rhetorical questions and let everybody know what a fruitcake you are."
" So by stating, "I'm irreplaceable" you are implying that you are ideas, technical skills, and project exection are orders of magnitude better than your peers. Am I right? That statement seems ludicrous and sould only apply to scientists whose ideas revolutionize SCIENCE like Newton, Darwin, Einstein."
Here's a hint: If you want to be credible, if you want us to believe that you're smart, USE A SPELLCHECKER. God knows you don't deserve a PhD if a) you can't spell on your own AND b) these helpful little tools, invented by people much smarter than you(!), are too difficult for you to grasp.