Science, Art, Litt, Science based Art & Science Communication
When I think about my own experience, I find it very surprising that after getting a Ph.D. in sciences, my entire view of the world has changed! Every belief, opinion, misconception I came across before that got a thorough analysis and almost all of them have been tossed out of the window!
But most of my colleagues still stick to their old beliefs.
Then what is the difference between the training I got and theirs? Even though some of them studied and did their research in the same university as I did, there is absolutely no change in them! The cultural, religious conditioning of their minds is absolute!
The difference, I think is 'my grandfather' who was a social reformer and his views have been fed to my father and from him, I got that radical analytical behaviour.
Your family, loved ones, culture, religion will definitely control and condition your mind. Scientific training gives courage up to some extent to overcome it. But if you are not strong enough to go against the tide and can ignore a tag of 'arrogant person', you will never change. Only a handful of people will have the courage to come out of the safety nets they are in to do this.
You don't take every printed word at it's face value - even a news report that talks about what 'researchers have recently found'.
You look at all sides (as possible) of a problem to understand an issue. You are open when new ones are presented too.
You know to formulate the relevant questions when addressing a problem, especially those for which you have the wherewithal to address
For every claim of a 'finding' or 'observation', you try to look MORE at the methodology used to arrive at the conclusion. This is especially so when the findings are unexpected or out of the norm
'Literature search' means something special to you.
You know to collaborate and work with people who complement your strengths to finish a project.
You tend to respect the findings from a well researched paper than a technically beefed up one that uses lots of latest techniques.
Rationale and approach matter more than techniques and terminology OR the lab/source it has come from.
Writing the thesis changes you. It makes you more structured in expressing or documenting the problem and reporting the findings in a relevant way.
You know and regard the value of academic and theoretical discussions.
These attributes apply for research in any field but some are more relevant in natural sciences.