Re: An ideal beekeepers' world
This will be my last post here as well. To a degree, Iagree with countryboy's post as well.
All in all, to me, to discussion about treatment of 'scientists' still comes down to how and who you define as a scientist'.
There are those who who insist that you must be published, degreed and funded to be a 'real' scientist and there are others ( myself) who suggest that since the beginning of modern 'science' that anyone with the dedication to follow the practices and principles of the scientific method are 'real' scientists, regardless of how they make their money.
Many of the folks here don't give a lot of credibility to the published and paid scientists, regarding them as ivory tower, egotistical, holier than thou types who act as though they are saving the world. At the same time, Anyone here can point to published scientists whose 'facts' and studies have been turned upside down in a short time by new studies and new 'facts'.
I consider myself a scientist. I follow the the scientific method closely. My degree is as a computer network technician/administrator.
I have great respect for any person with the discipline and the determination to follow through with local experimentation and then sharing that information with others on places like this for the benefit of others to see what they have learned even though, as countryboy mentioned, they did all the gruntwork, and they paid all the bills yet they come to places like BeeSource and share freely their learning anyway for the benefit of bees and those of us who have a passion for bees.
I et again invite 'self employed scientists' who would like to work together and document their studies in a place that is made for such discussion to help me with the Honey Bee Science network.
Then the 'field' scientists I mention will be able to 'publish' their work and have it duplicated by others like them.
No, I am NOT a bee "Keeper". Anything I post is just my opinion. Take it easy and think for yourself.