Juniorprof has a blog on the difference between consumers and producers in science -- the consumers being those who constantly pore over literature and know all the latest papers, and the producers being those who are familiar with the literature but prefer to experiment on their own. According to Juniorprof, there's a time to be both: as a grad student, you should be a consumer; but as you go further in your career, it's time to step up and become a producer.

 

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