Scientific Attitudes of A Scientist

A good scientist must not only what have it takes to be one. He/she must possess some scientific attitudes or attitudes of a scientist that will make him/her one. Read on to find out more about what makes a good scientist.

What exactly makes a good scientist? According to the Mertonian sociology of science, the primary criterion for a scientist’s quality derives from the final objective of science-extending certified knowledge.

            There are a lot of scientific attitudes that a scientist must possess. In this article, I summarized them into 10 of these scientific attitudes that make a good scientist.

1.    A scientist must be dedicated to his field of work. He works not only for his knowledge sake but also for the sake of everyone to learn new things or discoveries made by the scientist. He/she must be impartial, observant and diligent in his researches and experiments.

2.    A scientist must have a natural curiosity about the world. He/she must have the enthusiasm about the world, how it came to be, and its essence.

3.    A scientist must have an insatiable appetite to learn. He/she is not forced to learn, instead a scientist learns from the heart and the more he learns the more he desires for it.

4.    A scientist has an ability to see things from many different perspectives. This is important since a scientist must not only look on one side of a situation, for instance, but he analyzes it and thinks critically of many different reasons behind a situation. He/she then assess what’s best for it and act on it.

5.    A scientist has an exceptional imagination. Whenever possible, a scientist must combine his logic and creative imagination to arrive to great results in researches or experiments. This will balance his/her personality between art and science.

6.    A scientist must be logical. He/she must be able to reason out why he came out with his/her conclusions. He/she have organized thoughts that will easily be understood by many who listen to him/her.

7.    A scientist has intuition. As much as possible, a scientist must have this ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. It’s not to say that a scientist needs not to think anymore. There’s just a fine line between reasoning and common sense.

8.    A scientist is honest. He/she does not cheat his/her researches/experiments to gain the fame for his work. This kind of attitude is that of a fake scientist and must be avoided. Even if he/she repeats an experiment 500 times, he will continue doing so until he arrive at an answer.

9.    A scientist has solid skills in math. This is basic for all scientists. All of a scientist’s works require data interpretation through statistics or some other computations, which requires superior knowledge in math. Math is like a pre-requisite to becoming a scientist.

10. A scientist respects religion. A scientist does not think that he has dominion over all just because he is a genius and knows a lot of things. He must not proclaim he is greater than God for his knowledge is still incomparable to that of the all-knowing omnipotent Divine God. He/she humbles him/herself before Him and knows that he is just a steward of life.

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  1. somiashehzad Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    nice share



  2. foxpete88 Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    good work…thanks


  3. luckyantow Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I added: scientists should be ready in solitude, parties and glamor …. :)


  4. jeffreyweee Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Good share here. As i feel around the many schools i’m looking at to pursue my PhD I have many of these in mind.


  5. buenavida Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Great article. I like it – and especially the last part – no matter how much we know, we have still a lot to learn. Here is a story of a nuclear scientist who would agree with you, I think:
    http://www.watchtower.org/e/20040122a/article_01.htm


  6. Wrath Warbone Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Those strike me as good characteristics for us all.


  7. lapasan Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I agree with you from number one to nine, but not number 10. Many scientists are atheists.


  8. jrabraham Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    A scientist should be ready for multiple mistakes and learning from it..


  9. Joseph Scott Says...

    On June 14, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Great article! The last point is especially important.. most scientists don’t view God as important or even a reality.


  10. isloooboy Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Well don’t you think you are demanding too much from scientist, is it necessary what you are describing?


  11. Ebbin Jose Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Nice share


  12. Bambang Setiarso Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 2:06 am

    maybe we can add that scientist should be creative, visioner and innovative…..and it creates added challenges to their fields, also struggle without much financial goal, etc. an instant that saw a simple observation of burning candle stick spark into scientific discovery. Thinking how the wick carries the wax along the thread fibres. What is the Idea ?


  13. The Soul Explorer Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 2:47 am

    That’s correct! Are you dreaming to become a scientist? :D


  14. CHIPMUNK Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Well mentioned facts


  15. martie Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Liked the article, thanks for sharing


  16. Cyni1106 Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Though I may never pursue a career in this field it was interesting to read. Thanks for the read.


  17. Madugundu Krishna Says...

    On June 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Archimedes is called the scientific detective


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  19. realityspeaks Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    This was interesting


  20. orlando javier Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    we really need more such scientists who can help make the world a better place to live in. very interesting work, alyssa!


  21. Moses Ingram Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    An excellent article and I agree with you.


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    On June 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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    On June 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

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  28. arohi1988 Says...

    On June 18, 2011 at 3:47 am

    wonderful ideas…hats off


  29. Dreamy777 Says...

    On June 18, 2011 at 4:52 am

    great information


  30. Muhammad Fajar Marthias Says...

    On June 18, 2011 at 6:10 am

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  31. JaiGu2693 Says...

    On June 18, 2011 at 9:11 am

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    On June 18, 2011 at 9:29 am

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    On June 18, 2011 at 11:14 am

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    On June 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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    On June 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

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    On June 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

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  37. sambasivarao Says...

    On June 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Because of scientists efforts only today we are enjoying this modern age.


  38. juliachild Says...

    On June 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Very good article!


  39. juliachild Says...

    On June 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Very good article! …


  40. Rosettaartist1 Says...

    On June 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    interesting


  41. danise Says...

    On June 20, 2011 at 2:29 am

    a scientist is definitely a risk taker!


  42. Abhishek B Says...

    On June 20, 2011 at 5:58 am

    nice article


  43. JaiGu2693 Says...

    On June 20, 2011 at 6:43 am

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  44. Ragini S Says...

    On June 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Excellent.


  45. iamhanifah Says...

    On June 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I cannot never be a scientist
    But better to know these
    thanks


  46. littlejerryf1 Says...

    On June 22, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Well said. Very good


  47. mpaige90 Says...

    On June 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Guess Im going to be a good scientist. Im guessing you will be too?


  48. JaiGu2693 Says...

    On June 24, 2011 at 8:07 am

    hope you have learned a lot here!


  49. the shy owl Says...

    On June 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    so true, especially number 8, someone who is only interested in science for fame will never be successful.


  50. IljaKuznetsov Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 6:01 am

    good one. And yes agree with the shy owl. Number 8 is very important :) !


  51. Fetha Fth Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    i like your article


  52. kanivel Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

    All the points are true, and the last one is more so. A scientist understands the mysteries of nature, and so he understands religion in a better way.


  53. gaby7 Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Sad enough, most Scientists dismiss religion!


  54. Percy Omenazu Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I have always challenged the scientists from this part of the world. Do they possess all these character listed?


  55. J.R. Jefferis Says...

    On June 25, 2011 at 11:32 am

    True scientists are amazing people and your final point is the most important and should be #1. Science and religion must be in harmony and not oppose each other…a scientist that does not accept this is not a true scientist


  56. dani124 Says...

    On June 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Great Share


  57. JaiGu2693 Says...

    On June 26, 2011 at 8:34 am

    great to know your feedback and comments here. appreciated them! thanks to all!


  58. amrubhai Says...

    On June 28, 2011 at 1:54 am

    good share


  59. Prit Says...

    On June 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Hi

    I know even Scientists can be good or bad Scientist. To be a Good scientist as you have wriitteen they must be knowledgeable and objective as well they must have good ethical standards and accept criticisms and have credible evidence for their work. They must have high standards of integrity as well knowledge and must have a creative mind as well to have unique insights to a scientific problem.

    Prit


  60. JaiGu2693 Says...

    On July 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

    thanks everyone!


  61. HOPE AWAN Says...

    On July 4, 2011 at 2:41 am

    excellent article


  62. indra sapkota Says...

    On August 9, 2011 at 12:18 am

    imagination is greater then knowledge so high imagination power is required to be good scientist.


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