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Chaos of Delight – Episode 10

Charles Darwin wrote wonderful sentences, beautiful books and fabulous phrases and one of my favourite is when he describes his mind being a ‘Chaos of Delight’ after seeing many of the splendid lifeforms in a Brazilian forest.  And we have asked everyone who’s been involved in this App when they experience that ‘Chaos of Delight.’ – Robin Ince

You’re kind of constantly out of your comfort zone.

Chaos of delight: it’s a great phrase, isn’t it?  Um, quite a lot of the time, not so frequent with my own research, but I think that’s the nature of science, it being quite hard slog and every now and then you kind of get that new thing that no one else knows.  But pretty much every time I go to a conference, and you meet other scientists and you present all your new results to each other, and I think particularly within astrobiology, where there’s biologists and planetary scientists just taking about Mars and astrophysicists talking about these new worlds they’ve discovered round other suns, you’re kind of constantly out of your comfort zone and trying to learn as quickly as you can and pick up new things and sort of work out everyone else’s vocabulary and jargon the different fields of science are using, so it’s kind of a baptism of fire, you’re kind of constantly working hard to keep up.  But that’s also what makes it really exciting, and I get kind of bad conference fatigue, where you spend just two to three days in these conferences and are absolutely exhausted by all this stuff kind of bouncing around your head when you come back from it.  But it’s invigorating in the same sense.