I guess one of the problems in dealing with academics is intellectual hubris. Somedays, you just cannot get past hubris—-especially when talking to people about research areas that are close to, but not equal to, their research areas.
But a successful researcher needs to have hubris. Otherwise the researcher won’t start on new projects in new areas. And I think that is where the intellectual growth occurs. So its a bit of a conumdrum.
(I think there’s a punctuation problem with the final part of the second sentence. I not sure, though.)
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