I went to a conference outside of my field to network and find new collaborators with a specific expertise. The conference was in a heavily male-dominated field. When I met people they would ask me what I do, then upon telling them, they would lecture me about THEIR theories regarding my area of study, most of which were very laymen and not empirical at all. Almost everyone I talked to seemed more interested in sharing their uninformed theories about my field than hearing about my views as the expert in the room. I barely got a word in on most exchanges, at least not without blatantly interrupting to get a chance to speak. I was hoping to meet some collaborators but really just ended up listening to a bunch of blowhards.
Oh and this happens at cocktail parties too. Routinely.
That reminds me…shallow brooks are often noisy.