The Scientific Pursuit: The Rewards Cannot Be Quantified
It is just an extremely satisfying and wondrous moment when you think you’ve unlocked a secret of nature.
Michael S. Gazzaniga is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the new SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, the study of the neural basis of mind. In 1961, Gazzaniga graduated from Dartmouth College. In 1964, he received a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the California Institute of Technology, where he worked under the guidance of Roger Sperry, with primary responsibility for initiating human split-brain research. In his subsequent work he has made important advances in our understanding of functional lateralization in the brain and how the cerebral hemispheres communicate with one another. Gazzaniga's publication career includes books for a general audience The Social Brain, Mind Matters, and Nature's Mind. His most recent book Who’s In Charge investigates the question of free will in light of current neuroscience.
If anybody out there has ever experienced a scientific moment, which is discovering something, there is no going back. I mean it is about the coolest thing on earth. Only you know at that moment that this is the way that something works.
There is no amount of money you can make that compares to that experience. Of course, I've never made that much money, so maybe that’s a false comparison, but you get my point. It is just an extremely satisfying and wondrous moment when you think you’ve unlocked a secret of nature.
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