Growing up the children of the engineering community in Huntsville, AL, my friends and I were exposed to episodes of Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Star Wars. Therefore, I entered high school with an interest in science, especially that of the biological sciences. My freshman biology class involved reading "The Hot Zone," by Richard Preston. After reading this book, I had to know more. How was it possible that such small microorganisms could cause such vast effects in humans? I began reading books on other infections, such as Dr. McCormack's Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC and a book on the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the CDC. Chemistry also became a strong love of mine, and I worked fiendishly in AP Chemistry. It was at this time I also entered the theatre, inspired by attendances at shows such as Fame. I began in the technical aspects, leading into performance itself.
College was no departure from this duality. Declaring a major in science as well as a major in theatre, I felt the same way that many do when I tell them about my dual degree: "These studies couldn't be further apart." Over time, though, I learned to instead see the similarity between the arts and the sciences. Polymath (renaissance) thinkers of the University know that the goal is not to teach what is currently known about a topic, but instead to teach the theories behind the discipline. It's not about the "whats" in academia, it's about the "whys" and the "hows." At their heart, the study of the arts and the study of science are the same: observe, pose a question, test the question, record what you find, then adjust the question and repeat.
I continue my interest in the theories of science and the arts by highlighting the universal nature of questioning. On this site, I hope to unify us all, regardless of social or educational status, through that nature of questioners. We are not simply "the artist," "the scientist," "the lawyer," or "the engineer." instead, we are all "the questioner."