You’re not less important than the job — the job is just more important than anything else.One doesn’t become a scientist to sit in an office from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. If science is happening, we’ll drop whatever we’re doing — even if it’s with you — to study it.
We’re not directing the writing at you, personally — your ignorance was just our inspiration (there, doesn’t that make you feel better? The same will happen when you say “causation” when you mean “correlation”. Embrace it (that’s what attracted you to us in the first place, after all).We spend all day separating fact from fiction, listening to scientific supply sales reps and dealing with students’ bullshit. Think about it: we live our lives doing and writing about science. Absolutely — but that confidence is what makes your heart go pitter-patter.If you make us do the same with you, you’re just gonna piss us off. We’ll respond with the vengeance of an science blogger railing against some researcher’s recently-retracted paper — and we’ll enjoy doing it. If you’re a part of our life, we’re going to do science on or scientifically write about you, your thoughts or a subject springing from one of the two. We have a strong, working knowledge of how the world works. We can delve into the intricacies of scientific laws, national and international research, where to find the good instruments, what’s happening with science fiction, what the good gamers are playing and more. Guaranteed, when you say “evolutionary psychology” we will automatically say “bullshit” — “evolutionary psychology” is not science.Why not just use the paradigm of a dating site to matchmake mutually compatible biologists and chemists - if there is a spark, it could develop into a long lasting (collaborative) relationship!Anyway, there's a toy Face Book group that I've set up - just to get the idea across.I think this idea is worth trying, or at least getting some discussion started over - huge thanks to Tom Heightman for our recent discussion on things that needed to be done in Chemical Biology in the UK.
Many journalists these days work from home for better productivity and less transport costs.
We’re always looking for fundable research ideas, so yes, we’ll stop on the street to write something down, interview grad students or gather information for a grant. We carry those same attributes into our relationships, making it an extremely fun ride well worth the price of admission.
On that same note, don’t get upset if you call us on grant deadline suggesting some afternoon nookie and we say, “I’ve got to put the paper to bed first.” That could mean hours from now, but we’ll have plenty of time to put you in bed later.5. Our lives are never boring and each day is different. Yes, it may seem that we put the job ahead of you, but we’re driven.
Nor does the fact that you “did some experiments in college” or that one day you want to “find a cure for the common cold.”Look, we’re paid to do science. We’re not spewing our data or trying to fabricate an aura of creativity. Our research papers goes through three or four cranky editors who make us revise it before it’s printed a few hundred thousand times and distributed all over the world.
You don’t do that unless you’re confident, even egotistical.
I've pitched this as a national thing (so for me that means to the UK, for you somewhere different maybe) - not least that it's a lot easier to ship compounds around within a country than between - and also there's a clear match to downstream funding opportunities.