We have stock brokers, real estate brokers, autovehicle brokers
in the life, and now
we have information brokers in Science. A difference between
this new breed of broker and old ones
is that they claim themselves as scientists,
instead of brokers. The similarity is that they all ``trade'' informations.
The word plagiarism is probably unknown to them, as they usually behave
with proprietary proud for every single bit of information
``traded''. Naturally, these are usually not among the leading scientists,
but they do survive well in the science profession. Some critics
regard science profession as another social wellfare. If they project the
science profession from such angle, I can hardly say they are wrong.
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