I recently did a poll (still running here) about a hypothetical stem cell hotshot called Dr. Famous who might have published a recent paper that was sexy, but crappy.
This situation sure rang a bell with a lot of people!
In fact, a half dozen people contacted me directly (and privately) to talk about it and indicated they knew who Dr. Famous was in real life. Ironically, all 6 mentioned or hinted at a different person. They apparently did not realize Dr. Famous was a symbol, not a real person.
Flipping it around, I wonder how many people out there mistakenly thought that THEY themselves were Dr. Famous?
I could be in real trouble.
Kinda reminds one of that Carly Simon song, You’re So Vain, huh (see below)?
It has that lyric, “You probably think this song is about you!”
Well, the result of the poll are in (see above) and most people (87%) felt that a scientist blogger should in fact blog about Dr. Famous’ crappy paper. About 1/3 of those said to flame the paper and reveal it for the crap it is, while others were more cautious. Reassuringly, only about 1% advocated a sucking up approach.