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May 14, 2012
From: Reddit AMA
Have there ever been periods of time where you’ve been burnt out or pessimistic about science and/or the way people react to science, and if so how did you rationalize and overcome those frustrations?
I wrote last week about reactions to the NKS book: https://writings.stephenwolfram.com/2012/05/living-a-paradigm-shift-looking-back-on-reactions-to-a-new-kind-of-science/
For years, I’ve tended to do things much more for myself than for the sake of other people’s opinions. Opinions also get pretty statistical after a while: there’ll be people who are very positive, and people who are very negative. Sometimes the negative people are interesting to interact with; sometimes they’re just negative, and don’t seem to add much.
I suppose it helps to be confident about what one’s doing. For me it also helps that I really like doing what I’m doing. And generally my experience is that when people tell me it’s a silly thing to do… well, that’s when it’s a really good idea!