Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | September 16, 2011

For Writers: Scientist Archetype

For Writers:  Scientist Archetype

1. A real scientist seeks the truth in science. He or she has no hidden agendas.

2. A real scientist is unbiased. She or he mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

3. A real scientist designs his or her experiment so that every variable is tightly controlled and the resulting data is unbiased.

4. A real scientist doesn’t work for a biased manager. The manager mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

5. A real scientist doesn’t work for a biased funding source. The funding source mustn’t care if the experiment’s result is Option A or Option B.

6. A real scientist, when analyzing data, doesn’t discard “outlier” data points on a chart without a proven technical reason.

7. A real scientist, when analyzing data, doesn’t move data points on a chart. She or he never “doctors” data.

Note 1:  If a data gatherer fails any of the seven criteria above, she or he is not a scientist.

Note 2: These same seven criteria apply to engineers. They seek the truth in technology.


Responses

  1. These qualities are why I love “Bones” so much!

    • Hi Julie, I’ve never watched “Bones”, but I may have to check it out. Cheers, Ashley

  2. I couldn’t agree more! Essentially the only thing that matters is finding the Truth.

    • Hi Empire, Thank you so much. Cheers, Ashley

  3. Especially since the cool, level-headed scientist is a female! It’s an addiction of mine.

    • Hi again Julie, Now I definitely have to check this out. Cheers, Ashley

  4. If I ever write a scientist this is how they will be- thanks!

    • You’re very welcome, Alica. Cheers, Ashley


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