Why Scientists are Losers: 1

I am willing to say something that most scientists will never say, let alone admit to themselves:

Scientists are losers.

They are losers, not only in the more conventional sense of the word, but in a much more generic way. Here are my reaso

1. Scientists are losers first and foremost because most of them are functionally autistic.

I realized this fact when it became apparent to me that befriending and interacting with people who were not in STEM fields was much easier than those who were in such fields. Who wants to be surrounded with autistic people engaged in a constant and pathetic game of one-upmanship or incessant discussion about their obsessions? No sane person will, or should care, about such losers.

2. There is a huge gap between their achievements (or lack thereof) and their bloated and fragile egos.

The vast majority of scientists have not made any significant discovery or come up with an earth-shattering insight, yet they act as if they have made a major contribution towards the advancement of humankind. Ironically, those who have actually done that are often very down-to-earth people. Who cares about a pompous moron with a Ph.D, regardless of the institution from where it was obtained or their “pedigree? Let their work speak for itself.

3. They spend inordinate amounts of time and effort in zero-sum behaviors.

Most scientists spend too much time engaged in petty schoolgirl-type rivalries and politics amongst themselves. Why would any intelligent person expend so much effort and energy for such meager rewards? I can see people fighting over jobs and opportunities which pay much significantly more, but the vast majority of scientists make less than twice the median wage in developed countries.

4. They preach SWPL ideals and fairness, but do not practice them in their own lives.

Scientists talk a lot about fairness, decent behavior, giving opportunity, objectivity etc. But their personal behavior is in direct opposition to such lofty ideals. They will try to exploit and abuse students, postdocs, other researchers… well pretty much everyone they interact with on a professional level. Scientists make politicians and banksters look less hypocritical in comparison.

5. They suffer from the delusion of knowledge.

Scientists throughout the ages have been mostly wrong about pretty much everything, but few have the ability to even admit that they may not know enough- let alone be wrong. The willingness to admit that current knowledge is incomplete drives science forward — otherwise, science are no better than religion. Furthermore, many scientists derive their livelihood from being paid or unpaid shills for various causes and worldviews. Nobody likes a shill, especially one who is autistic, petty, pompous, hypocritical and delusional.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. March 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    If you work in a STEM field, what makes you the exception?

    • March 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      He says it: “Who cares about a pompous moron with a Ph.D, regardless of the institution and “pedigree” involved. Let your work speak for itself.”

      • March 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

        Didn’t AD also have a PhD?


      • Michel
        March 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        Aren’t you a doctor?


      • March 25, 2011 at 3:44 am

        “I’m a doctor, not a scientist!”

        But seriously, why does AD think he is any better? What has he acoomplished?

        My thoughts on the topic of this post: science as a career suck, science doesn’t.

  2. March 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    “The ability to admit that you may not know enough is what drives science forward- otherwise scientists are no better than priests.”

    At least priest would confess their sins, no scientist would ever do that.

    yes, that is true.

  3. almost 40 yoV
    March 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Follow the money.

    All scientist are government employees.
    Of course nobody forces them, but applying for that government grant is the easiest way to feed yourself and pay that student loan and eventually that mortgage.

    Independent scientists are like Unicorns.
    BTW, here´s one: http://jmccsci.com

    Maybe too good to be true, but he´s surely nowhere near mainstream.

  4. AlekNovy
    March 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm


    Well, I only read this post once, and unless I missed something, the only thing I can say is “I agree with everything you wrote, pretty spot on”.

  5. sasha
    March 31, 2011 at 8:11 am

    doesn’t exactly describe ALL scientists, and yet it perfectly describes a few (from the perspective of a grad student who has been the victim of some laughably petty abuse from some laughably insecure university faculty).

    the question is why such losers are tolerated… the answer is tenure. tenure means there is no accountability for being a loser. In fact, the tenure system favors losers.

  6. Sara Mackil
    October 7, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    many are delusional, in denial, distracted, and duped. PhD in science=loser. If you wish to remain poor and celibate—become a “scientist.”

  7. Benjamin
    January 5, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I think that most of what is written about scientists is correct. We scientists are humans, and therefore, imperfect, full of misconceptions, we get mad or happy, some of them become university professors, publish hundreds of papers (because that seems to be the one ruler with which a scientist worth is measured; it’s so miserably pathetic), some others like me remain stuck, in limbo, unable to improve position or salary. Yes, I have met very evil scientists, who abuse others around them. And many have lost it and have fabricate or distorted data; such is the pressure to publish, because of the need to get a grant or a job. Yes, but many of us still love to do science: it is the desire to know more, it is simple curiosity, to find about the nature of things.
    Scientists are under very strong pressure. Salaries are miserably low, considering all the incredible effort required to get one paper assembled for publication. Yes, most of us work for survival, and if that is called loser, then what would be a winner? One who is filthy rich? or world famous? Yes, I am tired of doing science, but don’t know what I will do after. I am a scientists, and feel like a loser because I don’t know where I am going.

  8. P Ray
    April 17, 2020 at 3:57 am

    A lot of scientists have forgotten how children see science. There would be a lot more interest if that viewpoint was taken into consideration.

    Like this:

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