NCBI ROFL: Grad student motivation: Solved.

By ncbi rofl | December 11, 2009 4:00 pm

Stimulating revolutionary science with mega-cash prizes.

“We argue that the most ambitious science is intrinsically riskier science, more likely to fail. It is almost always a safer career strategy for the best scientists to seek to extend knowledge more modestly and to build incrementally on existing ideas and methods. Therefore, higher rewards for success are a necessary incentive to encourage top scientists to work on the most important scientific problems, ones where the solution has potentially revolutionary implications. We suggest that mega-cash prizes (measured in tens of millions of dollars) are a suitable reward for those individuals (or institutions) whose work has triggered radically new directions in science.”

As a bonus, here’s a list of more awesome Charlton titles that we didn’t have the space to include this week:

Why are women so intelligent? The effect of maternal IQ on childhood mortality may be a relevant evolutionary factor.

Clever sillies: why high IQ people tend to be deficient in common sense.

Knowledge first, critique later: Why it is a mistake for science education to encourage junior students to discuss, challenge and debate scientific knowledge.

Why it is ‘better’ to be reliable but dumb than smart but slapdash: are intelligence (IQ) and Conscientiousness best regarded as gifts or virtues.

Are you an honest scientist? Truthfulness in science should be an iron law, not a vague aspiration.

Medical Hypotheses 2006 impact factor rises to 1.3–a vindication of the ‘editorial review’ system for revolutionary science.

Thanks to Bruce for today’s ROFL!


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NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students at UC Berkeley and features real research articles from the PubMed database (which is housed by the National Center for Biotechnology information, aka NCBI) that they find amusing (ROFL is a commonly-used internet acronym for "rolling on the floor, laughing"). Follow us on twitter: @ncbirofl


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