We asked James to tell us about winning I’m a Scientist, and here is what he said…
I’d like to say a big thank you to all on behalf of my fellow scientists and I. We all had so much fun chatting with everyone through ‘I’m a Scientist’ – students, teachers, moderators, and the other scientists. Your questions were brilliant and insightful and considered – we really had to think creatively to give our best answers. You certainly kept us on our toes.
Those of you who asked questions did so with a great deal of excitement, enthusiasm, and inquisitiveness – and helped us to tackle topics ranging from why we dream to how much alcohol the brain can handle, and from how language can influence subjective experience to how we make decisions when we need to wee!
Through your questions you gave us a glimpse of how you’re all using science or a scientific approach to explore and investigate the world around us – and that scratching beneath the surface reveals that we’re all scientists (we all have ideas and test them to find out what is true and how things work – whether we’re at home, at school, or at the supermarket!).
You also gave us all the opportunity to look at questions related to our own fields from new perspectives, or you managed to tie together two different perspectives that we might not have previously considered. This is exactly how science gets better.
Thanks to all of your votes (they’re really appreciated :)) – and the generous souls from I’m a Scientist and the British Psychological Society – I now have the chance to make a small pack of experiments that classes around the world can use, reuse, share, learn from, and add to. Then, hopefully, everyone can improve their lives and the lives of others around them by making better decisions!
Now hands up who wants one?!