Monday, May 08, 2006
So who's this guy? He's a scientist right? Is that how you picture a scientist? Is that how you'd describe a scientist if you were writing about one? OK, so maybe yours is hot, or he's blond, or he's a girl. BUT you'd probably have him/her neat and orderly. Logically minded and conscientious, right? Hard working? Professional? Serious? BORING?
Duh Errrr!!! Buzzer sound.
During my Ph.D. all my friends were scientists, mostly students, post-docs, some technicians, the 'odd' lecturer. I'm trying REALLY hard to think of a single person who fit the stereotype above. Most were hard working. My best friend probably had most of the above characteristics (minus the boring), but would still go out and get blasted on a Friday night--especially if we'd had a hard week. Actually thinking about it, the only true defining characteristic of scientists around the globe is the Friday night 'GIVE ME A DRINK BEFORE I KILL SOMEONE' mentality.
Maybe chemists are like this guy (scratches head--no, the chemists I knew are pretty wild and dangerous people--not always in a good way :)). Physicists? Yeah--I reckon the guy up top is a physicist, although the microscope is pretty dated for quantum theories.
I am so fed-up of reading books about neat, logical, sterile scientists.
The ones I know can drink steel workers under the table, go to strip bars, set fire to their houses (accidentally) and then remember they have no insurance. They travel the world and sleep with cockroaches. They go to church & get me to lie to priests. They have babies, have affairs, make really really dumb mistakes and are generally a lot of fun to be around.
Science is full of politics, sexual attraction, exciting locations, wonderfully complex and rounded people who come from all walks of life. Here's mine :)