8 Jan 2009

Black Hole

Our team head, KL, is well known for his black hole policy.

You may ask, "Isn't Stephen Hawking the leading expert in black holes instead?"

True, but Hawking is a theoretical physicist. As clinicians, we favor translational research.

According to KL, there are just too many junk mails and unreasonable requests everyday. These will just bar us from achieving our own goals. Instead of responding to the requests faithfully, he just gently presses the 'delete' button. In the last few months, he took a step further and stopped pressing the 'delete' button. He just leaves thousands of mails unopened, which, of course, resembles a black hole more.

This policy may not work every time. Once, a very famous professor requested him to write a chapter for his new textbook. This time, KL could not just press the 'delete' button. Instead, he pretended to be his secretary and answered the e-mail. "Dear Professor DG, I am Prof KL's secretary. Prof KL is on long leave and will not be back till August. I am afraid he might not be able to do it."

The big professor was undeterred. "August is fine. Please ask him to return his chapter in August." For once, KL had to comply.

The victims of the black hole policy will probably protest. "How can you do this to me?"

KL is not alone. Richard Feynman, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in quantum electrodynamics, was also famous for rejecting administrative work so that his research would not be interfered. He taught us how to respond to the Dean's request - "Let George do it."

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