David Foster: Also Skipping Science Class, continued: http://chicagoboyz.net/a rchives/5820.html
David Foster: See my 2005 post Skipping Science Class, written in response to some similar trends in the UK: http://chicagoboyz.net/a rchives/002938.html
Kudzu Bob: Catchier titles might help. “One Weird Trick to End African Poverty.”
Bob Sykes: The same thing happens in the sciences. The vast majority of papers are never cited or even read, but the authors get tenure.
Steve Johnson: Alrenous: I was thinking more that since zero good ideas have been spotted in the few PDFs that people have read, and if you assume there’s a normal distribution of good ideas, and you take the mean to be 0 and the stdv to be 0, then you come up with…
Alrenous: Steve Johnson: Oh sure. But you would have to read through so much crap to find them it’s significantly faster to think up your own good ideas.
Tim: The imperative is to publish. No one said anything about readership.
Ripper: Prohibition was done via constitutional amendment. There is no amendment in place for marijuana, therefore the current federal laws are obviously illegal.
Steve Johnson: But the sheer numbers dictate that there are probably a lot of really, really good ideas out there that never see the light of day. Do they?
Y.: The problem with monasticism is the same as with careerism.