I am currently starting an education in physics and want to have a career in this field as well. My question concerns today's attitude toward each other within the community regarding new ideas and concepts. I consider myself to be a very creative person, perhaps more so then a love for mathematics for example. I still get high marks in mathematics, but my mind is more concerned with visualizing things than calculating them it seams. I really do not enjoy mathematics, but see it as an essential tool for understanding the complexities of our universe. Einsteins quotes on imagination are some of my favorite quotes and give me confidence, but I still have concerns. As I learn about the numerous great minds throughout history that are now considered heroes or role models in the community, I get concerned about how some of them were treated and become a bit scared. It seems like there is a pattern going on involving these people. To me, it seems that many times you will have a great mind like Faraday for example, who has a creative mind and imagination and presents wondrous answers and ideas to solve age old problems. They may even make observations or perform experiments to help back up their claims but are unable to complete their findings with mathematics for example. They are often very private about their ideas, almost as if they are scared to present them. When they do present them, they are often dismissed or ignored by whatever ruling scientific body exists at the time. Without fail, there always seem to be another great but different mind that comes along years later or even after the prior scientists death and is able to complete the work ultimately getting it accepted. My question is about today's attitudes. Is sharing new ideas or concepts among fellow scientists more accepted and better received today? I'm talking about discussing them in early stages to get opinions or to get a mathematicians help for example, not writing papers or making public announcements about a baseless idea. Is there still an elitist attitude among some that will ridicule you for even mentioning something before you've had a chance to get any support or gather evidence? Should one be afraid to share their possible wild and wondrous imagination among the community if for no other reason than to collaborate, discuss, and possibly learn from them? What is it like out there? Is it as ruthless as I imagine? I realize sharing of new ideas and such is prohibited here for good reasons. This post is not an effort to question those rules or circumvent them but merely a personal concern for what to expect in the real world today and how I will be able to communicate in private settings with other colleagues. Thank You.