The best project is one that asks a novel question.
I have the same sense of the power and virtue of knowledge that some people get from a religious background.
Science doesn't in the slightest depend on trust. It depends completely on the belief that you can demonstrate something for yourself.
Early on, it's good to develop the ability to write. Learning to write is a useful exercise, even if what you're writing about is not that relevant.
We are embedded in a biological world and related to the organisms around us.
The really fascinating thing about research is the new science, but to get to it, you have to get past that first level.
The human's place in the universe will be set in the scheme of evolution, the product of our biological inheritance.
By asking a novel question that you don't know the answer to, you discover whether you can formulate a way of finding the answer, and you stretch your own mind, and very often you learn something new.
We haven't been able yet to determine in terms of genes what makes a human being a human and not another mammal.
Error is far more common than fraud which probably comprises 1 percent or a tenth of a percent of the literature.
In 15 years we'll have all the sequence, a list of the genes everyone has in common and those that differ among people. We know only something like a tenth of 1 percent of the sequence at the moment.
It's easier to change what you do than people think it is. If you don't change, your field changes around you.
The community as a whole doesn't listen patiently to critics who adopt alternative viewpoints. Although the great lesson of history is that knowledge develops through the conflict of viewpoints.
Scientists tend to be skeptical, but the weakness of the community of science is that it tends to move into preformed establishment modes that say this is the only way of doing science, the only valid view.
The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.