Rules to Live By

I found this on tumblr a few days ago, and really liked it. 11 rules of a scientist’s life. I liked it because it does a good job of summarising the rules which I genuinely try to live by. As Carl Sagan once said, “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

They're pretty good rules for anyone, really...

In fact, I liked it so much, that I wrote out the 11 rules on the first page of my new notebook. Taking care to think in the right way is probably the biggest difference between being a scientist and simply working in science. While I understand that not everyone may share my opinion, I consider this more than simply a job. To me, it’s a lifestyle. I like to try and apply this way of thinking to the rest of my life too. Granted, I may not always succeed; I am, after all, only human.

The source for this list is benchfly, where you can also find a pdf download if you feel like printing it out for whatever reason.

About Invader Xan

Molecular astrophysicist, usually found writing frenziedly, staring at the sky, or drinking mojitos.
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4 Responses to Rules to Live By

  1. I have taken that Sagan quote to heart.
    It’s funny (and a lot of people will undoubtedly disagree with me), but I think this could as easily apply to artists/poets/writers. Critical thinking is a valuable skill/outlook no matter the endeavor.

    • invaderxan says:

      Actually, I agree totally. Artists, poets, and writers share many of the same traits in their endeavours. The parallels are rather interesting to think about…

  2. Baribal says:

    Completely different origin, same impulse: http://deoxy.org/8basic.htm

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