‘Dem fools is asking us this:

“Assuming that time and money were not obstacles, what area of scientific research, outside of your own discipline, would you most like to explore? Why?”

I guess “novelist” isn’t an acceptable answer as it’s not an “area of scientific research”. Well, that and I’ve never really wanted to write novels. But never really wanting to do work hasn’t stopped me from putting in a little bit of effort to get this far. So, if I wasn’t wasting my time doing what I’m doing, what would I be doing?

I’m not going to stray too far from my discipline. I took classes in chemistry, physics, and psychology as an undergrad, and none of that jazz ever really jived with me. Aside from evolutionary/molecular genetics, however, there really aren’t any other biology subdisciplines that interest me. I spent a summer in a developmental biology lab, which turned me off from that crap forever. That’s just an open invitation for Paul Zed to rag on me for not really getting it. I also took classes in neurobiology, and I could never keep all of those synapses, axons, and brain regions straight. There’s another invitation.

What’s a lazy fool who only likes his area of study to do when asked what other area of research he would pursue? Go with MATH, of course. I figure if I had a keen grasp of mathematics, then I could make my services available to researchers in many other disciplines. Mathematicians and statisticians seem to have a flexibility that researchers in other disciplines lack. I could even weasel my way into studying evolutionary genetics through the back door. Hey, it worked for Fisher.


  1. #1 razib
    June 12, 2006

    and haldane too.

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