Scientists who have an artistic or crafty hobby are more likely to be elite scientists:
The average scientist is not statistically more likely than a member of the general public to have an artistic or crafty hobby. But members of the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society — elite societies of scientists, membership in which is based on professional accomplishments and discoveries — are 1.7 and 1.9 times more likely to have an artistic or crafty hobby than the average scientist is. And Nobel prize winning scientists are 2.85 times more likely than the average scientist to have an artistic or crafty hobby.
Pretty cool. There’s some good theories as to why that may be the case in the article. It’s always interesting to see a virtue like being well-rounded supported by data after it becomes less fashionable in practice.
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