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Is Science your only passion?

  1. Jul 19, 2013 #1
    I for exemple am also a Manga otaku(japanese equivalent of geek) and also a fan Marvel comics,and I like certain kinds of music in some way...but Science and mathematics are still way up there ( number one in the list)...what about you what do you delight in doing?
     
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  3. Jul 19, 2013 #2

    MarneMath

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    I enjoy hunting beavers and encouraging WBN to try it at least once.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2013 #3

    turbo

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    I enjoy gardening, and I love my dogs when it is not too hot to take them out to get some fresh air. Actually, I still love them, though it is tough to enjoy our "out-time" together when I can't breathe. It sucks keeping them in the AC every day, but that's what we have in this heat wave.
     
  5. Jul 19, 2013 #4

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    I have had plenty of passions in my life.My obsessive personality probably caused that (not that I will complain).Basically , if I don't have any passion at any given time , then I'm pretty much dead.

    Perhaps my oldest passion is playing hockey.

    Another hockey related passion of mine is hockey history.I love to rank all the players in hockey history and debate their career value versus each others.I spent an absurd amount of time on that last passion.

    Music is a big passion of mine as well.Wouldn't want to live without it.
     
  6. Jul 19, 2013 #5

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    neverrrrrrr

    I love playing guitar and listening to classic rock. I also like reading poetry and works of political satire if that counts.
     
  7. Jul 21, 2013 #6

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    I have a ton of passions. These days, I'd say that math and physics are probably my biggest passion. Beyond that though, I'm a very avid music fan. I've been playing guitar for about 12 years now. I love going to concerts and music festivals whenever I can. I'm a big fan of art...though I can't really paint or draw myself. I can spend whole days wandering around in art museums. I'm a really outdoorsy kind of person too. I love hiking and camping. I try to go on extended backpacking trips whenever I can. Last summer, I went backpacking through Southern Utah for a little over a week, and had a blast. I have a passion for politics too...as in following and constantly debating politics. That's kind of an unfortunate hobby though, because it can get a bit tedious at times...lol
     
  8. Jul 21, 2013 #7
    I like poetry as well.
     
  9. Jul 21, 2013 #8

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    Sweet. It might be interesting to note that Paul Dirac said the following: I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.

    I don't know what to make of it haha.
     
  10. Jul 21, 2013 #9
    Science is really my number one passion and it has been that way since grade school. Even math takes a seat although I really appreciate math. My mind is so enveloped by science there is no room or desire to understand anything else. I plan to keep it that way so that any one who ever knows me understands how truly passionate I am to science and nothing else.

    That being said there other things I still enjoy. I enjoy read naruto although I'm desiring to break the addiction. I also like beautiful women and think often about sex cause I'm a guy duh. I like to exercise and keep healthy and live a wise healthy lifestyle. I like to dabble in the humanities and read poetry or literature when I have time. I'm also passionate about understanding more if my native language ( mandarin ) and my native culture which is Chinese.
     
  11. Jul 21, 2013 #10
    I think he may be right. They are opposing ways of thinking and I really do spend way way more time in science rather than poetry and literature.
    But I think that the voice of poetry is in all things..

    even in the physics...

    in the hardened science...

    and in the life

    of a quiet, determined investigator.
     
  12. Jul 21, 2013 #11
    There is nothing to make of that. People are not so boring as to be so narrow that they only have a single interest in life. Just because you like science does not mean you have to be entirely analytical in everything you do.
     
  13. Jul 22, 2013 #12

    WannabeNewton

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    Paul Dirac seems to disagree.
     
  14. Jul 22, 2013 #13

    QuantumCurt

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    Well I seem to disagree with Paul Dirac.

    I certainly have a very analytical mind, but not so much that I can't enjoy creativity and art. Many scientists also have passions in the humanities, whether it be painting/drawing, or playing an instrument. It's really quite common. Several well known physicists have published novels. Hawking and Sagan both have...I believe Feynman had a couple of novels.

    Personally, I think endeavors in the humanities can only serve to broaden ones ability to approach science. They reinforce skills in thinking outside of the box, which is a skill that many analytical minds lack to a degree. I love literature. I read a lot; everything from classic literature like Poe, Dickens, Shakespeare, Orwell; and all the way to modern novelists like Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and Dan Brown.
     
  15. Jul 22, 2013 #14
    Porsches, engine building/dynamics, 802.11 penetration and hardware/software optimization/stress testing. Most of all, building contraptions!
     
  16. Jul 22, 2013 #15

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    True, though many people may not be able to understand it. Many of the engineering students that I knew
    `1970 were nuts about music.

    The guy who had the room next to mine (all freshmen were required to live on campus) was an engineering student that had a large music collection, including everything that Hendrix or Dylan ever recorded. Bootlegs galore!
     
  17. Jul 22, 2013 #16
    Regarding Paul Dirac's quote:

    It has been shown that reading literature and poetry improves one's comfort with ambiguity, whereas scientific pursuit and approach requires keen observation to detail, large amounts of specificity, and is a domain where ambiguity is largely neglected for being next to useless (as far as I know, although I can't imagine a place in science where being overly vague could be beneficial).

    Although that's just my explanation for why I think he made that claim. I think it's absurd to think that a scientist is incapable of appreciating, or even composing, poetry, and vice versa.
     
  18. Jul 22, 2013 #17

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    My hobbies are music (playing and listening), playing NHL on video console and exercising.

    Mathematics is also a hobby but I get paid to do. (even if I didn't get pay I would keep learning this stuff, it's a super game, the best there is).
     
  19. Jul 22, 2013 #18
    I like to listen to music, sing, and dance. I have played the piano, created songs, and yes I have written some poems, although none recently. Some of my time has been spent thinking about or discussing social/political/economic issues that I care about.
     
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  20. Jul 22, 2013 #19
    Besides the math and physics, I am fairly passionate about politics, and reading up on world issues. Though my most apparent and intense secondary passion is in learning about the great ideas ingrained in social and political thought forged by past intellectuals. Others; ball hockey, music (of all sorts), debates, etc.
     
  21. Jul 22, 2013 #20
    Asides from math, physics, and bioengineering, I've an interest in road cycling and classical piano which I still suck at after 3 years.

    A sound body is as valuable as a sound mind so cycling is my ticket to the world of fitness.
     
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