Being a scientist is a way of life. It does not matter if your transcript shows you have science classes, or if you degree says its “Science”. It does not matter if you have a doctorate or a diploma. A scientist is someone who uses the scientific method in his/her life. I don’t think a person can be a successful scientist if he/she does scientific experiments in a lab but does not use the scientific method in private life. It is a way of life – a life of observing, questioning, analyzing, reasoning, and coming with logical answers. One can be an Einstein without the PhD and be a great scientist and remembered forever. One can be a PhD but a creationist – a “scientist” who won’t be known outside of a tiny niche. It is a way of life one has to be willing to live every moment. You cannot turn it on and off. Either you are a scientist, or you are not. There is no in-between. Sure, science does not always provide easy answers. Many things which science shows us logically might make us uncomfortable. It sure makes me uncomfortable many times. But one must have the will power to put aside the discomfort and trust in the power of knowledge rather than seek comfort in blissful ignorance. Scientific facts aren’t eternal, but the scientific method is. Give this way of life a try – a life of infinite discoveries and unlimited knowledge. Science – a way of life for the curious mind.