I actually believe artists and scientists think very similarly. Complex, abstract thought? They both have that down. It’s all about where that thinking takes you after that.
Words cannot describe how much I love this post.
If only she worked as a scientist instead of making her money acting… Be much easier to look at her as a scientist then. I take some real issue with the actors that talk up sciences that that got degrees in and yet don’t work in the field but are telling others that they should. That’s great now come be like all us other lowly underpaid, under appreciated scientists and do it as your career instead of just telling others that they should. Believe me the little girls think of acting as careers when they look at you not oh they are scientists I want to do that. I know I’ve listened to it doing outreach with grade school girls. It’s confusing to them and not sending as good a message as it could be.
A quick Google search turns up a couple sources on why she chose TV over research:
"The thing with that kind of neuroscience is that if you’re not doing a post-doc and currently doing research, it very quickly becomes a not-current degree. At some point, I could teach at a community college level. But very quickly the information in neuroscience outclasses your degree if you don’t stay very current.
“I did my undergraduate degree in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, and at that point there wasn’t acting stuff going on. I thought I’d want to be a professor. I thought I’d do a research professorship after my doctorate. But once I got married and started making parenting decisions, that’s when I realized that the general lifestyle of a research professor wouldn’t be compatible with nursing on demand and being with my kids all day. I wanted to finish my degree because I valued the research I did and cared about the syndrome I worked with, but felt it wouldn’t necessarily be compatible with my lifestyle especially because of our parenting.”
There’s also this more-recent interview.
I know these aren’t the greatest of sources, but they still answer the question fairly well. I can’t say I necessarily agree with her choices (she didn’t vaccinate her kids?!), but in the end, it’s her choice, and hopefully an informed one. Her research contributed to the literature on the syndrome she studied. How much commitment is enough?