• Question: Does your training as a scientists influence how you think about the world?

    Asked by pineapple to Samuel, Pankaj, Lucy, Kate, Jordan, Emma on 9 Jun 2018.
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      Emma Wellham answered on 9 Jun 2018:

      I think i’m naturally very curious, which makes me a good scientist. I love to know how things work, so I don’t think it’ changed how I think about the world in that way, if I don’t know something, I look it up and try to find the answer.

      My job as a cardiac scientist reminds you how quickly someones life can change, so I try to make the most of my time off to see friends and family!

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      Lucy Green answered on 10 Jun 2018:

      I think it does! I think to colours everything in my life. …. even down to me being really keen to weigh out the ingredients VERY ACCURATELY when I’m making a cake at home … just like an experiment!

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      Jordan Moir answered on 10 Jun 2018:

      I think it does as I my role greatly helps people to survive and can change peoples lifes with a blood transfusion. I am also super curious and their is alot of research which goes on in all disciplines of science which can potentially have large effects on the world if the research produces a successful breakthrough. It is really interesting to read about these items. It has also made me realise their are so many generous people in the world who donate their time and blood to help others with out any personal gain apart from the satisfaction of helping others.

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      Samuel Vennin answered on 10 Jun 2018:

      I was very curious as a kid but not very rigorous. I didn’t bother with details. As you train to become a scientist, you realise that details are very important and this changed my view of the world.

      I have one simple example for that. When I am doing research, I sometimes need the result/work of other people to solve my problem. What I do then is I check if I know the people who did this work, if it is published in a serious journal, if the results seem normal/feasible, if other serious people have used this work to solve their own problem as well. This is very important to do this and it already happened that I didn’t used one result that could have solved my problem just because it was published in a journal that I knew wasn’t very serious.

      Nowadays, we hear a lot about fake news, information that are created by some people to help them get what they want (even though they know the information is false!). One way to get tricked is to always check where an information comes from and if this source is serious and reliable. Just like I do when I am doing research.

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      Pankaj Garg answered on 10 Jun 2018:

      Yes. I question everything around me – that’s the first skill of Scientist! Keep asking – Why?

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      Kate Kuyt answered on 11 Jun 2018:

      I have always been curious, but my training has given my skills which help me ask interesting questions and also think about whether the facts I am reading or hearing are able to be believed.