A while ago the British Government was silly enough to allow me onto committees to decide how to spend millions of taxpayers' money on scientific and engineering research. They even had me chair the meetings occasionally.
I liked to cause trouble by starting each meeting with my explanation of why this approach is All Wrong.
"The ones we should put at the top of the pile," I said, "are the ones where half the reviewers say 'Brilliant!' and the other half say 'Rubbish!'. Those are the proposals that nobody knows the answer to, clearly. So those are the experiments that are most important."
The other academics there would smile at me indulgently because of my political naivety. The civil servants would smile at me nervously in case any of my fellow academics actually decided to do what I proposed. And then everyone would carry on exactly as they had always done.
After a while I started saying no when I was asked to attend.
I have no idea if this is a good idea or not. It is my idea, but I'm not intelligent enough...