“Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilization equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit—to the “conquest” of nature instead of intelligent co-operation with nature.”
Sean Carroll thinks the ingredients to being a good scientist are part intellectual and part emotional. On the emotional side, one has to be patient because much of what scientists do doesn’t work. “You need more the mentality of a marathoner than a sprinter here, you have to have the endurance.” Intellectually, a scientist needs a constant curiosity, not looking for the easy answers but being prepared for the unexpected—flexibility combined with a long steady effort. A leader in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or evo-devo, Carroll exemplifies the traits that will help one make it to the finish line.