Scientists: What do you consider your prime motivation for practising science?

And as an optional question: Do you think this is the prime motivation of _most_ scientists? If not, what do you think it is?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Curiosity and confidence in figuring things out are probably my strongest reasons.

    I have a fairly strong sense of what is real, perhaps an insight, and like to apply that sense to test it out on the world. Sometimes I'm wrong but in that case I get corrected. Some puzzles are very difficult, the more difficult the better.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Most scientists' motivations are pure and noble. But the corporations they work for are mainly motivated by developing and perfecting nuclear weapons and winning wars.

  • 1 decade ago

    Keeps me young and open to new ideas. Honestly, there are more ideas in science or in disciplined thinking than in any marketing think tank.

  • 1 decade ago

    I've always been an explorer. I call it mind exploration.

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