When we wrote about Biostar two months back, we noticed that many users post their best pictures, many post their worst pictures or cartoons and many do not post photos at all. I presume the choice is not arbitrary for those who are using the forum for long time. What are your thoughts on the topic?
The question has bigger implication on the way we write papers (discussed here) and maybe in the way we are doing science. Few weeks back, we asked whether single author papers should be written with 'We' or 'I', and everyone responded with 'I'. That is quite a bit of change from the way we used to write technical papers in the past. Are we being more selfish in our scientific outlook and asking more human-centric questions, 'personalized' questions and so on, or are we still exploring the beauty of nature as scientists? How much of our science is being guided by narcissistic/selfish tendencies?
Think about the implications. In a grant panel, will you support a project that says that it will explore curing human diseases more than a project that talks about, let's say, seeing fractal structure in bacterial colonies? Does that human-centric view also make our science more short-term oriented? Cultural changes can definitely impact the creativity and long-term approach in science.