One of the things that I think is important, not just for scientists, but for everyone is that one should have interests outside of primary interest. Systems biology could, reasonably be called my core interest, it's what I do day to day and I do it because I enjoy it and I want to know more about how it works. Outside of that, I've got cooking, gaming, coffee, making beer and assorted spirits, a little bit of acrobatics and a wide variety of reading. The reading encompasses fiction, biographies, histories, philosophy, physics, computing a little bit of technology, law, planning, statistics, politics, maths, all sorts really. It is, I think good to be aware of what's going outside of your primary field, both because it gives you a better idea of how the world is operating around you and you never know when something from outside your filed is going to make you look at something inside your field differently.
So I'm quite happy with some of the talks going on in Auckland over the next month. We've got a talk about Bletchley Park. We've got one about Artificial Intelligence, the Robb Lectures gives us 3 talks about learning and development. We've got Lawrence Krauss giving two talks, one on God, one on physics. It almost makes up for missing NerdNite in Wellington tonight.