Being a Scientist

We all think of labs, beakers, experiments, chemistry, etc when we think about a scientist. Seldom do we consider what it means to be a scientist. We think of the subject more than the philosophy. But I argue that if we all took a moment to examine what it might mean to be a scientist, we would find that there is much that we can all learn.

One day I saw a little list of 10 Rules of a Scientist’s Life. It intrigued me as many of these lists do. Generally they are all worthwhile, giving little tips on living a good life. This one struck me a little closer than others. Now I have it hanging on my wall. When these rules are applied, science can be life. Maybe we should all be scientists.

Here are the rules:

  1. See failure as a beginning, not an end
  2. Never stop learning
  3. Assume nothing, question everything
  4. Teach others what you know
  5. Analyze objectively
  6. Practice humility
  7. Respect constructive criticism
  8. Give credit where it is due
  9. Take initiative
  10. Ask the tough questions early
  11. Love what you do, or leave

For a nice printable copy (where I got mine) click here.

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