Since the beginning of my PhD, or maybe even before that, I have been hearing loads of comments from others regarding what is science. Most of the times, a scientist is someone with the white coat, stuck in the middle of the lab, carrying lots of test tubes, sheets, and with books all around, some open with post-its, some closed with dust.
Scientist. Someone that does science. Someone that makes you believe that any word that comes from their mouth will be supported by a Nature paper, or something very impactful at least.
With his/her white coat.
You may be thinking, “Francisco, here are you being very provocative, again…”. But, give me a couple of minutes more. Give me another attempt to perform my experiment, and be willing to be my guinea-pi… volunteer participants, and search now for images of scientist on a common browser, say Google.
So, now that I have a couple of minutes more of your attention, let me continue. If you search instead images, but descriptions, the white damn coat will keep appearing, but this time, another definition is wider: