We all know the signs.
A small group of successful, egotistical scientists who view themselves as being in mortal combat with each other.
A few trainees or hangers-on who have signed on under each warring camp.
A scientific topic of mutual interest.
But then there are the good people. The ones who want to advance the topic and care much less about who gets Ultimate Credit. The ones who think the field should, would and could be much farther along if the Big Folks would just stop their petty infighting and paranoid ravings.
We need the Big Cheeses...they do decent work and they have the ear of Program. They have the reputational chops to pull off ambitious projects. If only they would do so.
So side stepping them altogether is not an option.
But we cannot continue letting them clog things up with their egos and competitions.
So far, all I have is a vague idea of an alliance of the like minded, lower-down decent people in the subfield. But I don't know how to make this work yet.
How do you draw the poison?