This needull is just an anecdote. But, it points out a serious malady in today’s academia and the reason for mediocrity.
“But that is exactly what we would like to achieve in our Effectivity Committee. Scientists should not think about problems that are too difficult, but rather focus on problems that will increase the number of publications. Then our numeric criteria can be applied to evaluate your work in a simple way, which will allow us to confirm the quality of your work immediately.”