icon-kafkaEach principle of grant design that I could glean from the proposals of my colleagues who were successful at obtaining federal funding for their research struck me as opposite to common sense. This was especially true of the principles that the proposed experiments must already have been performed, and that the expected results have no practical value and admit of no definite conclusion. The System keeps scientists in chains. But the scientists don’t complain. They’re happy. They say, “Give us more money.” Kafka would have understood. “It is often safer to be in chains than to be free.”

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