My parents both went to school for economics. That’s where they met, etc. My uncle was also an economics major, and so is my cousin, a freshman at my university. I never think of any of them as economics majors. It’s not like they talk about markets and inflation all the time, and that would be the only way I’d identify them as economists. Likewise, I don’t identify my cousin as an accountant or my best friend a lawyer…
But everyone, even people I don’t know, tell me I look like a scientist. Even as a kid, I think everyone thought it was obvious I’d go into something related to science. Apparently I eat and breathe science, and it’s obvious to everyone. Am I that transparent?
I soon had a few of hypotheses, and willingness to test them by way of thought experiment, ready.
Hypothesis 1: Because Science involves a systematic way of thinking, one that is not common among the general public, scientists stand out from other people to them.
Hypothesis 2: I am more passionate than the rest of the people described here about my field of study.
Hypothesis 3: Not enough observation + confirmation bias. There’s nothing to it, really.
My favorite hypothesis is number 1, but I have no idea what will come out…
Anyway, I decided I needed more data to do this the right way. This week, at school, I will spend some time on it… ask some people a few questions to have a few statistics to back things up and all. Is it me? Is it science? Is it passion? Is it nothing?
I have no clue.