Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation
I've benefited enormously from my cross-disciplinary expertise and of course, so have many, many other scientists who have switched fields in one way or another. I think that it's a general rule that research is – I mean here whether it's curiosity-driven or goal-directed -- is a very transferable skill. If you know how to work on really hard problems, then it really doesn't matter what domain you're working in, which means that if you work in one particular area, and you've learned how to do research, and then you switch to a different area, and you are then thereby relieved of all the encumbrances of the conventional wisdom of the first field, then you have a very good chance, a window of opportunity, in which to have insights that are eluding the people who have been in that field all their careers. Certainly, I had a few of those over the years and of course as I say I'm not the only one.
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