so, i'm a scientist. i'll admit it.
being a scientist is a strange thing because it doesn't just denote that i "do" science for a living; it contains a connotation that i am this person who loves science and reason and knowledge and exploration.
and i do.
but science is this weird thing. and doing science is even stranger. science is NOT this pretty picture that many people have where you adhere to the scientific method and everything works out perfectly. it is not a noble endeavor--it is, in fact, filled with more treachery and self serving ambition than i have seen in many other places. but despite all that, it is, in the end, a linear pursuit. going from one place and seeking another. seeking (or crafting) a place of knowledge, an answer, a truth. so being a scientist usually involves a rather linear, inflexible, logic oriented person.
but doing science. well, that's another story altogether. doing science has got to be one of the most circular, roundabout, ignorant things in the world.
which is why i'm amazed that any scientist actually has the patience to DO science!