Doug Yanega dyanega at POP.UCR.EDU
Wed Jul 24 11:27:12 CDT 2002

Robin leech wrote:

>If there is an engineering problem, and there are 10 engineers,
>somehow, they come together to solve the problem the best way.  On
>the other hand, if there is a biological problem, and there are 10
>biologists, there will be 10 solutions, and no one is willing to
>give to another.

The difference is that your 10 engineers would be working for one
engineering firm, and on the same payroll, making $200,000 a year
each. The 10 biologists would be competing for one available $50,000
NSF grant to study the problem. It's how the work is funded that
makes biologists inherently competitive, not how they're trained or
how they think.



Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA 92521
phone: (909) 787-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82

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