Question: If you werent a scientist, what would you be?

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  1. In an ideal world, I’d be a singer. I would love to be on stage and travel the world. More realistically, I’d be a teacher. I really enjoy science and teaching and was inspired by my high school teachers so I’d like to do something similar.


  2. I would probably be on the management end and still involved in the sciences – just not physically doing any work but giving the scientists support and the work environment to do their work.

    If it has to be totally out of doing science, I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at being a writer – there have been a few chemists who ended up writing fiction for a living (e.g. Isac Asimov).


  3. Not sure. When I was very little, I wanted to be a garbage truck (the actual truck, not driver). It was awesome and only worked one day a week. As I grew up, I thought I’d go on to play soccer and/or join the military.

    Now, I love science. If I was doing it, I’d be a full time farmer. I grow chili’s in my spare time now, and am trying to do some cross-breeding of chili species.


  4. Like most kids who never grew up, part of me still wants to be a professional athlete. I think I’d like to be a shortstop for a Major League baseball team, and then go on to a career in managing the team.

    A more realistic answer is, like Herbert, I think I would quite enjoy being a fiction writer. Quite a lot of successful science-fiction authors are former scientists, so why not?

    Oddly enough, when I was little I wanted to be a garbage collector. Not the truck, like Brad, but one of the guys who hangs off the back of the truck and picks up bins.



  1. Did you know Colleen McCullough was a neuroscientist before she became a novelist?