I recently stumbled across the following quotation from Charles Darwin:
I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them. [From The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, 1887]
This got me to thinking. Like many of my colleagues, my voyage through graduate school has been a tumultuous one. But never in these lo-so-many years have I lost interest in learning, reading, and talking about nature and science. Moreover, the teaching experience I have acquired has given me the itch to educate others. My friends and husband are frequently subjected to enthusiastic ramblings about recently-read facts, newly-published theories, and anthropological oddities. For example, did you know that the average chimpanzee sexual encounter lasts only 7 seconds? My friends do.
But I’ve decided I can bend their ears only so far. I need a broader audience.
And thus begins my fool’s experiment. With this blog, I hope to act as a modern-day naturalist, sharing the progress I make with my own research, thinking and writing about scientific topics, and reflecting on the academic world. I hope that you will visit often to join me in the endeavor.