How do you picture a scientist in your Mind? Does it look like this?

    It's astonishing that in this so-called "scientific age" that so few people know what science really is or how it works. Most people picture a person in a white lab coat, in a laboratory, doing something with beakers.

    What or how do you envision scientists and how open-minded do they have to be?

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    my husband is one and looks quite normal some times!

    Consider this: All opinions are biased. There is no unbiased opinion. Why must this be?


    3 Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs. 4 His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish. 5 Happy is the one who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in Jehovah his God, 6 The Maker of heaven and earth, Of the sea, and of all that is in them,

    Yes I am bias in favour of the rightful sovereign of the universe.
    Did I answer correctly?


    If anyone wants to dispute this they are welcome to.

    Many people think of unbiased people in a white laboratory coat, objectively searching for the truth. However, scientists come in two basic forms , male and female, and they are just like you and me. They have beliefs and biases. A bias determines what you do with the evidence, especially the way in which you decide that certain evidence is more relevant or important than other evidence. Scientists are not objective truth seekers; they are not neutral.

    Many people misunderstand bias, thinking that some individuals are biased and some are not.

    Headless Man

    Yes, everyone is biased one way or another.

    My brothers a scientist, he looks the biker from hell, tats, hair, etc; but takes his work very seriously. Cardio Vascular research.


    Could this be him?


    Looks more like Tesla, I think, good one though, t.u.

    Tell you what, I'm smack dab in the middle of em here in the Silly-Con Valley. I deal with them on a daily. I can tell you this, they are very-very smart people, however the smarter they are in their field of study the less they are in contact with society in general. I have heard some really stupid noises come from the mouths of scientist. They have a certain pride about them, never mistake a Scientist with an Engineer, those are fighting words. Or Visa-Versa.

    All in all, they are just people doing super people things. You can do something they cant do, but they would never let you know that. Would it be cook, build, make music, art, whatever. Their minds are very focused and this is what makes them scientists. Not much fun at a social gathering. Too analytical.

    That's not the typical looking scientist, my Grandfather and Uncle were both engineers. They didn't really fit the lab coat stereotypical type of scientist either.

    It's funny how we have a picture of scientists in our heads that are usually so far from the reality of it.

    Engineers are not scientist.. Read my reply up there.. Thems fighting words.. LOL

    Yes, you have a great point. Many people do mix up the two sometimes, myself included. I have a good friend who used to work with the ones you mentioned, he said many times the smarter they were, the less common sense they seemed to have (for the most part).

    One of the points I was planning on getting to is that we all have biased opinions. Many times when we view a scientist we think of an open minded lab type scientist, but that's really far from the truth of what most scientists really are. They basically come in two different varieties, male and female, and they are people just like you and me.

    Their background studies, belief systems, life experiences, and work experience play an extremely strong role in what they do with the evidence they find. If your belief system is in theology, that's where you will put the evidence that you find, your background determines the way you view the evidence and the conclusions you you arrive at.

    If your background belief is in evolution, the evidence you find will be categorized and listed to support your background belief system as well. The part of the problem is there is no unbiased opinions what ever side you are on.

    An Atheist scientists look at fossils and the world around them, it doesn't matter what evidence he or she may find. To an atheist god doesn't exist, they rely on their belief of evolution. The fossils to them can have nothing to with biblical events. Biased in their background and belief system, Noah's ark could be right in front of them and it would just be an ancient ship.

    A Christian Scientist believes that the Bible is the word of God. They, just like any other group, draw on their belief system. God created the Universe and all life, therefore their view is also bias towards their belief system. To them the ancient ship is Noah's ark.

    <a href="/users/3289/matheneyg/">@matheneyg</a>, true, very common picture of a scientist, I like the picture of him, Einstein, sticking out his tongue making a funny face!


    There are good scientists and bad scientists. Just as there is good science and bad science. The good scientist doesn't know what the outcome will be and does tests and models to find a repeatable outcome and follows the evidence where it leads, no matter what. The bad scientist "knows" the outcome, and will do anything to produce the outcome despite where the evidence leads. Unfortunately, the latter is how most science is conducted today.

    my science buddies - one very pretty Japanese geneticist, one very pretty Greek pharmacologist, one gnarly old and suave bio-chemist and forensic pathologist. one very pretty Indian pharmacologist, one suit wearing slick looking particle physicist, one very hippy dreadlocked marine biologist. all very very nice people :-)

    Headless Man

    It's nice to know that science people come from all walks of life and are nice.


    Hey Grit, hope you enjoy this question I have a lot of answers to add to this, it's gonna be fun!


    Thumbs up R.P., true many different varieties of scientists, the picture in our heads is kind of a generic one..

    I know a scientist at my work, and he is extremely biased and thinks like a rock.. unchangeable, and arrogant. I know they are not all that way, but these days becoming a scientist means getting a badge and a rank, and feeling special. Science used to be philosophical, now it is an extremely biased practice, and there is a religious element to it.


    It is generally the scientists that hate religion and so practice science in a religious way.. there can only be hatred where there is denial.. But religion really isn't necessary for spirituality..


    t.u., anonymous I know many who are the very same as you described. Open minded is what the average person thinks of when it comes to scientists, but that is very rarely the case.

    Human scientists cannot even reproduce a blade of grass without an original.

    I like the story about the scientist who boasted he could produce life the same as God.

    "OK," said God "Prove it!"

    "Just give me a minute to get a bucket of mud." said the scientist.

    "Hold it!" said God, "That's my mud. You go and find your own mud."

    Orion Markham

    I like it too.

    Headless Man

    LOL Iike that.......


    Well said.

    0 the creator,creaded,creaters,to create on earth his had no chores of comming here on earth.the bible said we are his foot stool on where we walk depenes on his will, if you believe. like a child.thy are innercent of life,just like adam and eve before thay were deceave by satan. i am not saying the bible word,for word but i am speeking from my heart. in the bible it said every time i try to think good evil thoughts are present.or every time i try to do good i do bad.why is this beleiving in God word i want to believe in my farther that he love me and i trust his word.he said he would be like a lamp upon yours, or my feet,we are his foot stud on if you want to meat someone day by day trying to die to the walk you touck to get here was God timning wecome .the spirit no the Spirit of do you want to control your walk or do you want to let God do the walking for you.

    Tall skinny short haired person with glasses who is a perfectionist.

    I see scientists as running down the beach naked when really drunk or being laughed at by extremely beautiful girls when trying to make advances, however there is always exception to the rule.

    Grit Savage

    I see scientists right in front of me, drinking my beer :-)


    I see dead people.

    Two grasshoppers were emigrating to the next field via the railway.

    The first grasshopper was finding hard going because the line was rusty.

    The second said, "Why don't you hop over here to this bright shiny line, it is so much easier?"

    The first objected, "What about the express?"

    "Ah! no, you do not believe in that childish mythological garbage do you.? Generation upon generation of our kind have passed this way an nobody ever saw an express. If there was such a thing as an express surely somebody would have come back to tell us.

    (Isaiah 40:21-23) 21 Do YOU people not know? Do YOU not hear? Has it not been told to YOU from the outset? Have YOU not applied understanding from the foundations of the earth? 22 There is One who is dwelling above the circle of the earth, the dwellers in which are as grasshoppers, the One who is stretching out the heavens just as a fine gauze, who spreads them out like a tent in which to dwell, 23 the One who is reducing high officials to nothing, who has made the very judges of the earth as a mere unreality.

    My sister is a geologist. She is who I think of as a scientist.


    Wow, you have a well educated family, I really like your answers, whether I agree with them or not, you have some good research!

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