Contrarianism is overrated. True contrarians never try to be contrarian. They merely try to be congruent and, only as a side effect, appear contrarian to the dissonant mob.
It has always appalled me that really bright scientists almost all work in the most competitive fields, the ones in which they are making the least difference. In other words, if they were hit by a truck, the same discovery would be made by somebody else about 10 minutes later.