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May 21, 2012

Posted by Geek 20/20 in Science.
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This post was written by Mellavora. I agree with the comparison


Scientist or pirate? They have more in common than you might think.

  1. Leadership positions (professor, PI), assume and confer substantial autonomy, even in an institutional context.
  2. Research is often state sponsored, but not state controlled.
  3. A lab operates on merit. The “crew” (Ph.D. students, post-docs) choose their own captain to follow. Advancement through the ranks is actively encouraged.
  4. Spoils of victory (these being glory and honor in science) are shared. I have seen several first year Ph.D. students get first authorship of Nature papers.
  5. Both operate in waters which may be known to them but distant from mainstream society.
  6. Get to play with dangerous toys.
  7. Specialized vocabulary.
  8. There are many interesting characters in science.
  9. Bad clothes.

Pirate science!

yes, yes I can count. You figure it out.

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