"The race in science is not for a predetermined end, and once you're there the story's over, the curtain comes down. That's not at all what it's like. Rather, it turns out, you find things you didn't expect."- Simon Schaffer, physicist.
These are quotes from the Nova special "Absolute Zero".
It documents the story of three scientists attempting to achieve the lowest theoretical temperature, -273 degrees C. Scientists Michael Faraday, James Dewar, & Kamerlingh Onnes all in competition in the late 1800's. Dewar insisted his experiments be conducted in absolute secrecy. The other two freely exchanged information, even published their results in scientific journals. By isolating himself, Dewar had boxed himself into a corner in an attempt to eliminate his competition. Onnes had one the race.
I couldn't help but compare Schaffer's quote to this blog's "learning through sharing" theme. I've gone to workshops given by a few of our own gurus. I'm always amazed at how the faithful mechanically blurt out the mantras that are the jargon of their particular "system". Multi level marketing schemes that are reminiscent of Scientology. The thought process being once you've achieved all the certifications with this particular individual you have reached the pinnical of your art. Practitioners who believe that if what they're doing is not working it is because they are performing it incorrectly, & they need to go to a refresher course. They are boxed into a corner.
A true professional will tell you right off the bat that some of their athlete's injuries do not get better. But they will never stop trying.