Mad Hatter has an excellent post up today concerning her attitude towards science. As she so eloquently puts it:
My dirty little secret is that I don't love science. Don't get me wrong--I'm very happy with my job and career path and I'm excited by my research projects. What I mean is that I love getting to work on interesting and challenging problems, but they don't necessarily have to be scientific problems. I don't have a specific passion for science, nor do I feel that being a scientist is my "calling," so to speak.
More inside the crack.
I've heard some scientists say that those who don't love science have no place in academic research. I say that's a load of crap. Science is not a deity at whose feet only the most devout and ardent are worthy to kneel. And in my experience, the people who love science are, on average, no more talented at it than those who simply enjoy being scientists and have a desire to succeed.
Absofuckinglutely! Science is a profession, like any other. The idea that one needs to treat it like some kind of religious calling is pernicious bullshit.