Sadly, no more gossip June 24, 2008Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, games, physics, politics.
These days my honest yet slightly anarchical style of blogging is becoming harder and harder to maintain. I am curiously receiving a synchronous input from the two opposing sides of the Atlantic Ocean: a true coincidence, because the origins of these inputs are totally uncorrelated. And yet the push goes in the same direction. Worse still: since the input is coming from authoritative sources, it would be idiotic to ignore it.
Good science works by encouraging an open exchange of information only in fairy tales. In reality, the human factor weighs in to modify that optimal picture. Man is ambitious, selfish, vain. And hundreds, or even thousands, such individuals gathered together in the same project make a sociological bomb that is only begging to be set off. Handling such a bomb is not an easy matter: therefore, I do understand the concerns of these giant collaborations.
Time and again I am told by readers that one of the things that make this blog interesting to read is the cut-away view I occasionally provide of the inner workings of the scientific collaborations I work in. Well, that feature of this site is bound to be slightly dampened. Posts such as this one, or even this one, might be considered a diffusion of internally exchanged information, and as such they would create trouble (the first one did, in fact).
I decided I will unwillingly oblige. Not so much because of the harm that my own scientific career might be exposed to if I were unreasonable: I am not ambitious -I have a good life, my job satisfies me fully, and I do not depend for my living on my ridiculous salary. Rather, I will oblige because I fully understand that keeping a blog with some audience requires a good dose of responsibility. One of the things that makes me proud is to have belonged and still belong to CDF, the longest-lasting and one of the most successful physics experiments ever; and nowadays, I am spending most of my time to earn the right to be proud of belonging to CMS too. I certainly want to help these experiments!
What this all boils down to is, I think, only that I will not post any more about the humorous sides of internal meetings -the rest has never made it to this blog anyway- and that I will compensate by writing a bit more about the physics. Not such a terrible deal after all. I will have to save my irony for other matters.