Cancer Biologist (PhD student)
Research into cancer biology
Currently at the University of Kent
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I’ve always loved science since I was little, particularly medicine. My earliest memory is of when my parents bought me the classic plastic medical kit, and I would take blood tests and measure the blood pressure of the family pooch. I was enamoured with the idea of being a vet right up until I finished my BSc Veterinary Biosciences in 2015, when I realised that the veterinary industry involved more dealing with screaming humans, tedious legislation or insurers, and perhaps also the occasional cow.
For you, what is personally the most exciting/revolutionary/useful discovery to come out of science in your lifetime?
Since working in molecular biology, I’ve loved watching the scientific progression post human genome project. Since discovering that the human genome encodes for roughly 20,000 genes rather than the initially predicted 100,000+ genes, there suddenly appeared a great amount of “junk” DNA which didn’t code for any protein, so was therefore considered useless. The greatest discovery in my opinion is finding that it’s not junk after all. In fact, it is highly dynamic and used for a whole range of important functions, such as regulating which proteins are made and when, as well as numerous other biological processes that aren’t directly related to proteins. It highlighted to me how perfectly tuned our natural world is. There is always a reason for everything, and although it may not be immediately obvious, much may be revealed when approached with patience and an open mind.
Who are your role models?
I’ve always loved magicians such as Penn and Teller, because they can display such miraculous feats such as pruning a flower by chopping off the petals of its shadow! I like these two in particular because they sometimes explain how such magic tricks are done, and reveal that things aren’t always how they first appear (or the most obvious answer).
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Where do you see the future of science ideally?
I would love for science to be the search for the truth, for which it is intended. The economic influence and the tradition of “publish or perish” in modern scientific research has meant science is skewed towards discovering what has the greatest impact NOW, even though many Nobel prize discoveries were not always immediately evident when they were first found! There is so much basic knowledge we still know nothing about!
How is the Atma Perspective model of reality going to change the world?
The Atma Perspective really boils science down to the very essential basics, trying to answer some very simple but highly important questions, which quite often get swept under the carpet by overly vague answers. As with all subjects, without a proper accurate foundation, how can you expect anything built upon it to be stable? When I did Maths at school, if you made a small simple mistake at the beginning of a calculation, that mistake got amplified through the calculation and eventually the final answer was wildly different to what it should have been.
So inherently, the Atma Perspective has a great potential to change many things about the world we live in! Starting from the foundations of science, it has the potential to change many aspects about the way we live our lives; even how we approach politics and economics!