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How Did I Get Here?

30 Nov 2012, 01:04 UTC
How Did I Get Here?
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I can remember being drawn to natural science and science in general at an early age. Sure, I was like most kids and watched Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Today’s Special and many other children’s programming. I think my first *real* exposure to science was from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, where he would visit other people and their jobs. He taught from the get-go that learning was a good thing and to never be afraid to ask questions. I was always asking questions about how things worked I would say, probably, to everyone’s irritation. I would take electronics, motors and other things apart just to see what made them tick and then put them back together.
The next show that fed my interest was Mr. Wizards World, also on PBS which taught critical thinking and employed the scientific method into prodding at nature to discover unknowns. Bill Nye the Science Guy fed me even more knowledge about the everyday workings of just about everything soon after.
Sure, all of these kept my interest but nothing made it explode into pure love like Carl Sagan’s PBS series, “Cosmos”. I remember watching it when I was maybe 8 or 9 and just ...

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