On the passing of Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock from Star Trek), here is a 20-year old essay from real-life scientist Dr. Iain Woodehouse, which is still quite valid and pertinent today. Scientists definitely need to be impartial, unbiased, methodical, and open-minded about their work and research.
To mark the sad passing of Leonard Nimoy today, I publish a short essay I wrote 20 years ago as a PhD student:
When I was seven years old, a popular playtime game was play-acting Star Trek and it will come as no surprise to many of my current friends that I always played the part of Mr Spock. A taller than average frame, large eyebrows and a seventies bowl-cut made me the obvious choice. But perhaps it was more than physical coincidence that made me suitable for the role. And not just coincidence that I am now a qualified scientist in real life, currently in the final year of a PhD. Perhaps Mr Spock was really my childhood hero. And if he was — should he have been?
It is certainly not unlikely that Star Trek had a big influence on me as a child —…
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