one of the fantasy vibes I like at scientific meetings is the sense we're all pulling together towards the same ends. In harmony. As a team.
We have the same mountain to climb, the same dragons to slay and we're all just happy to play our part.
The science is the thing.
We're not in competition and we aren't seething mad about the grant or paper review this peer right in front of us is suspected of writing.
We even pretend to think all of our peers' models, questions, theories and findings are highly valuable.
It's a good feeling to pretend, if only for a little while.
Kumbaya, My Lord. Kumbaya.