Thursday, April 14, 2011

Quote of the day

From Comrade Physioprof:

When you ask people overly simplistic and broad "gotcha" questions in a provocative and accusatory manner, you shouldn't be surprised to receive glib uninformative answers. If you develop genuine professional relationships with people within NIH and treat them like the fellow scientists they are, you will receive more thoughtful honest answers.

This concept has broad applicability in many areas of debate and it is worth keeping in mind when one tries to bring up difficult questions. Sometimes you need to be able to build bounds of trust to deal with delicate issues and, while not as "cool" as being the crusader, it may be the way towards real reform.

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