” and laughs madly, or the crotchety old hunchback laboring over fuming beakers—that are strange and abnormal.
The scientist is a decidedly strange creature, or so our society seems to believe.
But in contrast to the West, where the scientist is politely told to take a seat in the backroom where no one will notice his odd mannerisms and strangeness, Eastern societies have dehumanized the scientist in a completely opposite way: They have deified him.
In many Asian countries, scientists are national heroes.
41 percent agreed that they were ‘apt to be odd and peculiar people.’ Such unflattering, stereotypic images of scientists apparently remain prevalent, even among knowledgeable people.”The modern myth of the scientist these studies allude to is visible in popular culture, in movies from the 1964’s classic “Dr.
Strangelove” to 2003’s “Hulk.” But science isn’t performed by crusty, withdrawn septuagenarians wearing pocket protectors.