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Thread: Reasons why young people should pursue a career in science

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    Free schooling and free beer....everyone should do it!


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    *sigh* If only University was free nowadays. Or even if the University charged for a basic Undergraduate degree, but completing a Postgraduate degree negated all your previous University fees. That should tempt people to learn more betterer.
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    Another reason why we should become scientists
    (thanks to member PhDemon for bringing this cartoon under my attention):


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    "The only safe rule is to dispute only with those of your acquaintance of whom you know that they possess sufficient intelligence and self-respect not to advance absurdities; to appeal to reason and not to authority, and to listen to reason and yield to it; and, finally, to be willing to accept reason even from an opponent, and to be just enough to bear being proved to be in the wrong."

    ~ Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Being Right: 38 Ways to Win an Argument (1831), Stratagem XXXVIII.
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    Real science, that which you can use to give something three extra legs... and then blow it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daecon View Post
    *sigh* If only University was free nowadays. Or even if the University charged for a basic Undergraduate degree, but completing a Postgraduate degree negated all your previous University fees. That should tempt people to learn more betterer.
    For many of the sciences....that's exactly how it works out, particularly in the US. Many large university are sitting on money they have trouble spending on because there aren't enough qualified applicants to their STEM programs.
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    Re-MacGyver's opening post on Neils Bohr, here is a story I read decades ago about Bohr that provides another reason to study science.

    Bohr and a colleague had been out drinking in Copenhagen and were pretty sozzled. It was now 2.00 am and they were wandering around the centre of Copenhagen. Bohr was half way through an attempt to climb a statue in one of the city squares. Two policemen on the beat spotted him and saw an excellent opportunity to arrest a citizen for drunk and disorderly behaviour. They approached him with enthusiasm, but as they got closer one turned to the other and said "No, it is not a problem. It is only Professor Bohr. He does this sort of thing all the time."

    Apocryphal, but I hope true. Scientists have more fun.
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    Years ago we had a STEM meeting to try to figure out how to encourage high schoolers to study engineering. We talked over flashy displays, examples of how much freedom we had to do research, how much fun engineering was etc. Then our CEO said "just walk em through our garage."

    "What?" we said. "Why?"

    "They're high school kids. They like cars. And once they see all the BMW's and Tesla Roadsters and Maseratis they'll want to be engineers."
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