Monday, April 24, 2006

Pay me less for something I'd do anyway: the great de-motivator

An astute reader sent me this link that talks about how you get what you pay for. If something is viewed as 'cheap', then we tend to de-value it. For example, many of us would do science for free if our quality of life were taken care of (rent, food, car, health insurance, annual 2-week beach vacation). But since we're paid crap for what we do, it just makes it all the more obvious that although our labours are supposedly Valued By Society, they must not be, or we'd be paid more.

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At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think many scientists are closet communists. And maybe that's not so bad; the soviets did some pretty good scientific work back in the 1950,60,70,80's which is part of the reason why they are the only one who know how to lauch vehicles into space today (that don't blow up !)

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Ms.PhD said...

I was excited about communism when we studied it in school, until I read 1984 and realized how quickly it becomes fascism.

No, I just think these studies are interesting in terms of individual psychology. Then again, maybe scientists are just better at seeing the bigger picture? Apparently we all want to punish people who don't cooperate, we just don't have the means to do it right now. check out this article from Science:

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Atom Pusher said...

Russian chemistry is the bomb! Quite literally sometimes. Reactions run in gasoline or phosphoric acid as solvent have a certain mistique.


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