Where are our readers?

Google Analytics “blue map” of Advanced Studies last 24 months

To answer the question: you are apparently all over the globe with a not unexpected majority of hits here in the United States.

We’ll continue to work to attract new readers in Madagascar and Papua New Guinea..among other places.

In the meantime, thank you for your readership and we’ll try to keep the focus appropriately global for our discussions.

Luck and science success

There’s an apocryphal story about how my Dad and Peter Milner discovered the phenomenon of reinforcing self-stimulation (“the pleasure center”)–the stimulating electrode was in fact bent and went into the medial forebrain bundle quite by accident. That was the luck. The scientific success came from recognizing the resultant behavior and following up on the histological data to see where the stimulating electrode actually went.

As far as I know, the above story is true.

But the combination of luck and good science are behind many significant discoveries. The key is to work hard enough to generate your own luck and then to be imaginative to recognize a lucky success for what it is with subsequent follow up experiments.

That’s the best advice I can give for a young experimentalist these days.