“In all fairness, we must admit that there are two types of scientists. Type A works for a large corporation or an important government agency. He is a proven producer. He has helped develop new soaps and toothpastes and atomic engines. He is rarely quoted in the press. In his spare time he writes scholarly papers that make a contribution to his chosen field. While he can have a large ego and other human failings, he does not seek publicity and his rare public statements are carefully worded and often make good sense.
Type B is not a producer. He is usually a teacher at some university or small college. He is caught up in the vicious ‘publish or perish’ atmosphere of our educational system and so he grinds out reams of books and papers, generally based on the systematic plagiarism of the works of Type A. He seeks publicity and is frequently seen placing his foot in his mouth. It is a common practice for newspapermen to call upon the nearest available ‘authority’ when an unusual event occurs. If, for example, a meteor flashes across the local skies, the reporter will phone the professor of astronomy at the nearest school. This professor will either talk off the top of his head or he will scurry to his bookshelf and quote from the works of a Type A scientist.
Much of the scientific rubbish you read in your daily newspapers comes from the mouths of Type B. Type A is usually too busy, too inaccessible or too smart to pontificate for the press.”
All that has happened in the forty years since Keel penned this pungent piece is that the Type Bs have inherited the Earth.