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Chaos of Delight – Episode 18

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

We’re realising how little we know about ourselves.

My job is amazing because I think I have one of the best jobs in the world: I have these amazing volunteers that I can work with, I can study anything  and in a way I’m very free, unlike most scientists, to pick many different topics to work on.  So you pick something and it all works and you suddenly realise, wow, I got the answer, but its 100 times, 1000 times more complicated than I thought.  It just puts you in this…you suddenly feel amazingly inferior. And its a bit like understanding genetics and epigenetics, it’s a progressive thing because in 20 years we've come literally from the Stone Age to where we are now but we’re still only…we think we are now but we are still very much Bronze Age compared to the future. So for me it’s doing an experiment, finding out we can get the answer but the thing that’s made the answer is incredibly complex and that we’d never have guessed it without that.  And we’re realising how little we know about ourselves, how we tick, what makes us different and that every day we’re able to learn something new about it. 

I think that the most exciting bit about science is that everything I learnt yesterday could be completely wrong and out of date by tomorrow, and you're sort of living in this roller coaster of science that makes it a very exciting time to be alive.