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  • That's a very interesting anecdote. Let me add another.

    I'm in science. Fundamental research. That means normally, considerations such as that of the vice president in your story don't apply at all. You just try hard to get it correct or at least as right as possible. When you're done, you have to work even harder to get an idea of how correct your result is.

    Just recently, there was an update to a measurement database I need for my analysis. It changed my results WAY outside of the uncertainty bounds I had c

    • You mention "no economic issues", but economics is just the study of the efficient allocation of scarce resources, not money. Whoever is "first to market" often wins. Plus, even though people don't think that economics takes people into account (though institutional economics [] does), it often does. I don't think our anecdotes are that far off.

      Side note: if you've any interest in economics, I highly recommend reading up about institutional economics. Even if you don't agree with it (which I do, to be honest), it's very thought provoking. And I once got a wonderful date because I knew who Thorstein Veblen was. That has to be a first :)