Here’s a smidgen of an article “Why Scientists Do Science” by Jennifer DeMichele. (link below)

Summary of an interview with Barbara Bedford [Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University]:

Pulling out my tape recorder, I soon found out Bedford never thought she would become a scientist. Receiving her undergraduate degrees in theology and philosophy with minors in psychology and anthropology, she considered herself very humanities-oriented. But during a weekend class titled Reading the Landscape, a University of Wisconsin professor inspired her to pursue a career in wetland ecology and management.

For the first time in Bedford’s life, a professor had taken her head, which was turned inward toward the examination of human constructs, and had forced her to look outside herself. Before the landscape class, Bedford had never really “seen” the landscape. She had walked through it, driven over it, and had even flown over it, yet she never asked why certain landscapes have patterns that they do, or how humans disrupt those patterns.


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