--- In girlgenius@y..., Marci DeLeon <agent_a_99@y...> wrote about a
pleasant change of topic:
> Thinking about it...science would be very interesting
> in the GG-verse. Science IRL is very heavily
> dependent on discussion and knowing what your
> collegaues have done and how they did it. Who was it
> that said, "I am tall because I stand on the shoulders
> of giants?" It's very true in IRL science.
> But how much collaboration can there really be in the
> GGverse? There's certainly no impetus to share, ad
> many very good reasons not to. It makes you wonder if
> Wulfenbach didn't set out to conquer the world just so
> he could look over everyone else's shoulders.
There is some sharing, otherwise there wouldn't be universities. But
not a lot. And that's bound to lead to trouble. (See the preamble to
Michael Crichton's book "Jurasssic Park" for this topic as it applies
to genetic engineering.)
Which means that one of the reason the mads haven't beaten Wulvenbach
might be that, to do what their colleagues have done, they've had to
duplicate research. And they aren't socially competent enough (or
smart enough) to plant spies in each other's labs, even to save
Y'know, the Sparks have been shown as egotistic, self-centered and
arrogant. Some people in this forum have taken these, tongue-in-
cheek, as virtues. Here's an example of why they aren't.