Wednesday, April 19, 2006


maybe i don't belong in science.

it seems lately, from what i've been reading and talking about, that if you are in science, getting your phd, or past that (into postdoc, academia, industry) you must want greatness.

but i don't. i used to. i used to have all those dreams about being the Next Big Thing, making some big discovery that lead to the Nobel or some other worthy prize.

but i realize that, even if i do stay in science, i don't want to be on the edge. just an interesting problem will suffice (and what problem isn't interesting?). me at my bench and/or computer working it out and enjoying myself.

i don't want the stress, the fear, the paranoia, the responsibility of being "great". i want life, fun, time, fresh air, good food, and a furry pooka monster on my lap.


At 3:29 PM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

I think you're just different than a lot of people. :)

I think that without the thrill of discovery, science isn't fun for a lot of people - and of course, it is a lot of work. But if you can have fun just sitting and working on a problem, why isn't that fine too?

At 4:11 PM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

who says you aren't discovering things just because you aren't working on the 'biggest' things out there?

i guess your bias to greatness just shines thru.

At 5:33 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

It sounds like a nice life you've envisioned. I used to want greatness, too. But now I say "Feh!" to greatness. Feh! Feh! That's right, I said it twice.

Tell the Pooka I said "Hi."


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