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How can I work with a senior researcher who is less knowledgeable than myself?

You should have a conversation with this senior researcher about what you each hope to gain from these meetings. I cannot say for certain but it is definitely possible that you currently have very ...
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What should I do when a coauthor suggests I fluff up a manuscript?

One potentially diplomatic approach is to make the changes that the co-author suggests, then tag your advisor for review on the places you don't like with something akin to "Not sure I like how I ...
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How can I work with a senior researcher who is less knowledgeable than myself?

Well, one thing you should learn is to explain and to write things in such a way that understanding them (versus inventing/discovering them) would be possible 2 or 3 levels below yours (ideally any ...
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How can I work with a senior researcher who is less knowledgeable than myself?

"whereas the senior researcher in question, for whatever reason, relies solely on our meetings to learn about the background research" Being a young researcher you are likely much sharper in ...
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How can I work with a senior researcher who is less knowledgeable than myself?

Usually, a collaboration arises when both (or several) collaborators have something nontrivial to contribute to a project. It appears that you are asking about a situation when this is not the case. ...
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What should I do when a coauthor suggests I fluff up a manuscript?

SHORT ANSWER Do add the "fluffy stuff", but mark it so that to clearly identify it for your primary advisor. One way to mark it would be to put it in italics, I describe below a more ...
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What should I do when a coauthor suggests I fluff up a manuscript?

Tell your advisor what you told us. Ask him to read the paper without the changes wished by your second advisor and with your concerns in mind. Point out that you are unsure and want explicit feedback ...
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What should I do when a coauthor suggests I fluff up a manuscript?

extend the abstract to include things similar to "why AI is important to humanity", move the derivation in the appendix to the main text to make it seem longer, cite his previous papers, etc....
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What should I do when a coauthor suggests I fluff up a manuscript?

It's hard to answer this in the abstract. What you view as "fluff", others might view as "writing a good introduction" or "writing a more comprehensive literature review."...
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