Your ordinary mad scientist
The science of faith

Im not talking about religion. I’m talking about faith in friends, people, love, yourself…maybe as a scientist its my biggest flaw. We learn in an environment that is so devoid of faith. Everything is so analytical in the scientific community. And when shit happens to you in life you begin to lose your faith; it erodes away slowly like waves on a rocky cliff. Next thing you know, the cliff has fallen and what’s left? A sea of doubt. Without faith all you do is doubt everything..everyone…..When youre full of doubt you tend to hurt the ones you care about the most. Of course, with doubt comes regret and sorrow. So many negative emotions filling up your brain. I’m sick of doubt and regret controlling my life. It’s brought me here with a huge hole in my heart and a constant sinking feeling in my chest and stomach. I think it’s time that your ordinary mad scientist gains some faith.

Scientific inaccuracies of a social stereotype

I am 21 and yes, I am a nerd. Not the stereotypical pocket protector yielding, nasally anti socialite portrayed below. Are you surprised?

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I’m a normal guy. I have tons of friends and am always out socializing. I really love to cook and bake. My friends rave about it, and as much as I bitch and moan, I kind of enjoy the praise (but seriously who wouldn’t?) Working in a popular restaurant for a few years and having talented grandmothers gave me a wonderful culinary background throughout my teen years. But back to being a nerd. What qualifies someone as a nerd? Well, intelligence is probably the first thing. I’m not one to brag because truthfully I don’t think I’m a scientific genius or anything. Frankly, I’m pretty average at the college I attend. Ok, ok. Before anyone asks, I figure you should know what I’m even majoring in. I usually dislike saying it all because it sounds fancier than it really is. I finished my bachelors this spring in Biochemistry and Biophysics. I started my masters early in Biology and will be finishing this December. Oh, and I have a brain and behavior psychology minor but that’s just supplemental stuff…

So, I suppose I qualify as a nerd. I dabble in the occasional (frequent) nerdy conversation at school and play video games here or there but come on it’s college we love to procrastinate right? This generation of young adults has reshaped what it truly means to be a nerd. Now, people such as myself are proud to say it (for one thing it means we’re gonna get paid a buttload of money for something we love). The world needs more nerds so don’t be afraid to come out of hiding and show yourself! Reading this back to myself I sound pretty egotistical but I assure you it’s not my intention. I just want people to realize that a nerd doesn’t mean you’re a loser who won’t talk to a girl/guy; one who sits in his room and won’t socialize or do something with themselves.


Also, don’t believe television and movies. Not all nerds are short little white boys who get shoved into lockers throughout high school. Just sayin’.

YOMS

Happiness is raw physiological science.  Neurons fire in our brains every second of our lives.  These small cells work together like a symphony orchestra:  sometimes melodically flowing and pleasant;  other times dissonant and well, unpleasant.  If you’re fortunate,  maybe you can experience true happiness in your life - a wonderful bouquet of dopamine, serotonin, and a number of other itty bitty neurotransmitters that act to produce this indescribable feeling in your brain.  Whether it takes marriage, money, sex, food, or merely sitting in your car late at night talking to that special someone, I hope you find your true formula for happiness.  And without it, well, it can drive you mad.

  Don’t give up hope.  Sometimes the formula is just a little trickier to solve

YOMS

Happiness is raw physiological science. Neurons fire in our brains every second of our lives. These small cells work together like a symphony orchestra: sometimes melodically flowing and pleasant; other times dissonant and well, unpleasant. If you’re fortunate, maybe you can experience true happiness in your life - a wonderful bouquet of dopamine, serotonin, and a number of other itty bitty neurotransmitters that act to produce this indescribable feeling in your brain. Whether it takes marriage, money, sex, food, or merely sitting in your car late at night talking to that special someone, I hope you find your true formula for happiness. And without it, well, it can drive you mad.

Don’t give up hope. Sometimes the formula is just a little trickier to solve

YOMS

Dear Beaker,

Being a fellow musician AND mad scientist, you’ve always been one of my idols.

Thanks for all the laughs,

  YOMS

Me being me.

  I am mad about science.  Because of it I’m allowed to live, breathe, and feel the world around me.  Without science, we would be nothing.  Every perceivable object is but a manifestation of atoms, the most basic unit of matter;  Combinations of varying structures that give rise to amazing things.  Countless people ignore this fact nor take the time to appreciate how complex the system is.  Instead, they dwell on a metaphysical explanation and chalk it all up to some “higher power”.

   BLAH BLAH BLAH

  You guys can have your religion and eat it too.  In my opinion, if you remove religion from the world, you have less fighting and complaining.  Remove science and you have utter chaos.  I’ll stick with understanding life as we know it thank you very much!  At the end of the day, I’ll feel better about myself knowing that maybe I can make a difference.  I want to study disease.  More specifically viruses:  Nano-scale particles that are non-living yet act in unison as a fine tuned evolutionary tool of destruction.  Some of these little bastards can take us down in a heartbeat while others stew and build up an attack that can take decades.  They’re too smart for their own good and I want to know why.  I figure I’m tackling two birds with one stone:  firstly, I satisfy my insatiable appetite for knowledge;  secondly, I can help people.  In my book, that’s a pretty sweet deal.  This doesn’t make me special in any way.  Everyone has their own passions, talents and dreams.  Mine is rather unique but I like it that way.  This is only a part of me albeit the most important one.   Yet at the end of the day, I’m still just your ordinary mad scientist.