By Gordon Rugg

Truth, according to Vance, is a precious jewel, the more precious for being rare. It is not a researcher’s job to keep the price up by keeping the supply down.

From Rugg & Petre (2010) The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research (2nd Edition) p. 120. Open University Press/McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, UK.

This is a counterpoint to our earlier article about the three golden rules of public speaking, just in case any over-zealous readers felt tempted to over-use the Third Golden Rule…

The Vance reference, for any science fiction fans reading this, is to Jack Vance’s book Star King.