The urge to explore

What drives people to search for the unknown, aside from their driver, Reggie?

The Fake Science Laboratories recommend you never stop being curious about the parts of the world you can reach in relative comfort.

Today’s Lesson

Great explorers who advanced science

Today, we imagine a certain type of scientist: a young, studious woman in a labcoat who sticks her fingers in test tubes and walks around screaming, “Look at me, I’m Edwina Testubehands, why does nobody love me?”

But there’s always been a more complicated picture — a person out in the field, plumbing the depths of the unknown, or in some cases, plumbing the plumbing of a residential apartment building, because the market for science jobs isn’t so hot at the moment. By doing inspirational fieldwork, scientists can help fields look really nice and make it easier to do useful stuff, like playing lacrosse. Have you seen how much Tommy’s improved his game lately? It’s basically like discovering relativity.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself mired in lab work instead of out in the field, digging in the mud, explaining to people why you’re digging in the mud even though your expertise is in genomic sequencing. Today, the Fake Science Labs encourage you to recapture some of that exploratory zest and maybe even recapture a few exploratory gerbils that seem to have explored themselves out of their cages.

Instead of going to the lab tomorrow, booting up the old computer, and running another trove of data through the old “will this asteroid hit the Earth” simulator, take the time to go outside and explore. Watch the way the sun plays on the grass, and watch how Tommy plays on the grass too. His backhand is incredible!

You might find that when you return to the lab, you’ll have something to be proud of when that asteroid bursts into the atmosphere and takes you to that big lacrosse field in the sky.

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