Just saw a science fair show on TV (PBS) where the students make neat projects, but when they were asked if they wanted to do science when they grow up, the perky kids said "oh no...science classes are nothing like this..this is fun." Very interesting observation, and I totally agree. What's the solution, I don't know. The thing is that with science, one just has to stick it out and dabble in it for a few years to really get it. Thats just the way it is, or is it? Certainly there is nothing that I have found that has not come after months and years of frustation and hair-pulling (perhaps the reason for my smoldering hair-loss). Is there any other way? Can someone just walk into a lab and just "get it". Like when you play Wii the first time, you get it. There is no need for repeated exposure (though that can be good).
You can't make Chicken Soup wthout the Chicken. There's no app for that.
My wife claims - "for you, everything except science has to be a 'Cliff notes' version". This is in response to my unabashed enthusiasm for the new "graphic classics" she got for my 8 year old son. What can I say, I just finished reading "Kidnapped" and the "Man in the Iron Mask" in an hour, and am all set to get back to my grant writing!
Some old ones Reposted...
8/18/13 - A Classification of PI's - find yours' in the list!
7/6/12 - Way to a "Science paper"
5/30/11 - 20/20 Hindsights
9/30/11 - Evolution of a bizzare, new Idea
11/17/2011 - Rationale for curiosty-driven research...
lessons from a 4 year old
1/28/12 - "GTFM" - hilarious article on grant writing!
The PI Blog
This blog exists because my wife seemed a bit tired of being the only recipient of my random pontifications on life and Science for many years; and gently encouraged me to vent in a blog instead. From time to time, I put down thoughts that occur to me as I naiively stumble through a life in Science - bestowed upon me by accident (literally!). Please keep in mind that these musings are rather obvious things of little or no use to anyone, and are certainly not personally targeted in any way, even though they are obviously derived from my experiences. OK, enough said.