It would appear that I have committed the first cardinal sin of blogging, and have neglected my young and lonely little website as so many unenthused e-writers have before me. Oh well, time to get back on the horse.
I recently traveled to San Diego for the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS...they're the guys that put out "Science," that's right, they're not playing around).
Now, my expectations for conferences have shifted quite a bit over the years, moving from optimistic, to pessimistic, to pragmatic...but I have to say that this one was a bit different.
Instead of the swaths of eager scientists looking to get a leg up on the competition, I found a comparatively small group of individuals looking to share their enthusiasm and love of science with people of all walks of life. Not just scientists, and certainly not just those in their own field.
It was refreshing to see researchers who have an understanding of the importance of public discourse in the scientific pursuit, and it reminded me of why I got into science in the first place: because I think it's really cool. Seeing everybody at the conference from all fields of research made me realize how much there is I don't know. It also made me excited about what I can do to change that fact in the future.