Not ready for prime time.

I was at the Northeast Section meeting of The ASPB yesterday. I am getting ready to put together a poster for the program directors meeting in Washington in a few weeks. I don’t feel any of my data is ready for presentation (even in poster form). I like complete stories, but maybe those don’t exist in science. After all, any tested hypothesis brings up more questions, or at least alternate ways to test that hypothesis to see if it’s supported. I’m trying to get used to the idea of just putting my work and ideas out in the world (like writing posts like this), but I find it hard to let go of the idea that a complete story would be nice to have. I’m getting used to the idea of having a “building phase” where I just try to find my voice or the solid ideas to base the direction of my research. Hopefully by embracing the uncertainty/chaos of ideas, I’ll find my way. Sort of like the way gene expression works…it’s noisy, but coherent transcripts pop out and form functional RNAs and proteins.

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Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

One thought on “Not ready for prime time.”

  1. No one is ever ready for prime time and there are no complete stories. Life is noisy, but themes do appear and that's what we cling to. That's how we move forward – making leaps of faith based on the clues we've gotten so far. You'll find your way. I don't doubt it.

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