Scientist + Pessimist = Hypochondriac
I’ve always enjoyed learning about how the body works. (This probably comes along with being fascinated about how nature works at the subatomic scale.) Recently, I’ve been having some tummy issues , and I’ve found myself spending my free moments looking up obscure ailments on WebMD.
I’ve run into an inverse-problem (like this one) since ‘symptom space’ tends to be much smaller than ‘diagnosis space’ and the map from the former to the latter is usually multi-valued. As a result, I’ve now convinced myself that I’m on the verge of mortal disaster and that I need to work really hard or else I’ll have made no contribution to science in my [soon-to-be-truncated] lifetime other than being the 197th recorded case of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis .
Anyway, I suspect my adviser has his own “doctor’s” prognosis of what might happen to me if I don’t fix the bugs in our program soon… 🙂
All these long nights staring at a computer screen can’t be good for my tummy.
 Nothing to worry about, I think. Though I did get a rather illuminating view of the NHS a few weks ago… maybe I’ll share that story another time.
 Did I mention I watch too much House M.D.?
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