Got a couple of papers to review as so called "double blind dates" where both authors and reviewers are unknown to each other. Two thoughts:
1. I know who you are, even though your name is not there (and yes it's a nice paper)...
2. Will never work for us because we generally follow up on our own previous work.
So its like a double blind date where all participants are (usually) known to each other from before.... I'd call it a double-blind date of people in the same neighborhood. Is it any better?
Some advantages of having multiple eggs in one's basket (read multiple projects) are obvious. Increased chances of grant funding by "risk-spreading" and a lower incidence of being bored out of your mind, for example. However I just realized that there is another more subtle advantage.
If your ideas are ahead of the field, you would think that there would be more chances of funding and scientific glory. But sometimes its the opposite (no point dwelling into the reasons, plus hard to do diplomatically). But the net result of this might be that you would have to wait 5-10 years (or more) before people realize that what you did was indeed important. In times like these it is really nice if you have something else going on that you can focus; instead of just sitting around and waiting for the field to catch up....
Some old ones Reposted...
8/18/13 - A Classification of PI's - find yours' in the list!
7/6/12 - Way to a "Science paper"
5/30/11 - 20/20 Hindsights
9/30/11 - Evolution of a bizzare, new Idea
11/17/2011 - Rationale for curiosty-driven research...
lessons from a 4 year old
1/28/12 - "GTFM" - hilarious article on grant writing!
The PI Blog
This blog exists because my wife seemed a bit tired of being the only recipient of my random pontifications on life and Science for many years; and gently encouraged me to vent in a blog instead. From time to time, I put down thoughts that occur to me as I naiively stumble through a life in Science - bestowed upon me by accident (literally!). Please keep in mind that these musings are rather obvious things of little or no use to anyone, and are certainly not personally targeted in any way, even though they are obviously derived from my experiences. OK, enough said.