Have you ever heard someone say that they came across a super model, or a famous person, or they took a picture with a rock star? Did you feel dissatisfied with who you are because you’re not famous? Or did you feel that you missed out on something because you weren’t there? Maybe you felt insecure about yourself.
Astronomer Michelle Thaller has been asked, “Is it possible that I am smart enough to be a scientist? Do I have what it takes to be a scientist?” She states, “All my life this has made me feel different and strange and not right…what they were doing was telling me that in some way I wasn’t right. The celebrity culture of science and the idea that you need a special personality, a special type of brain to do science are some of the most harmful ideas about science that our culture has come up with.”
Many people think that Albert Einstein worked alone, but that isn’t true. Some of the major parts of his theory, were largely formed by others like Lorentz and LeMaitre. The advantage that Einstein had was seeing the different theories that people were working on and how they could come together and work cohesively. Even the famous Albert Einstein had other people that assisted him with formalizing the mathematics because that wasn’t his strong suit. The best quote that I appreciate was “…so Albert Einstein himself would’ve said that he was brilliant in collaboration…”
The idea that “science is done by brilliant people who are different than you” is just a way to keep people OUT of science.”
Dr. Kaku, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, are some other names share their knowledge at bigthink. Honestly, what makes them better than you or I? We are all part of the spectrum where we have to work, pay bills, and share our knowledge freely with one another. Which part will you contribute? Hopefully, you give yourself the opportunity to at least try.
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