In my opinion, the article “Beautiful Minds”, written by Virginia Postrel, is really interesting. At first, the author talks about the stereotype of scientist which inspires me a lot. Before I read this article, I didn’t realize that we tend to have stereotype of people who work in specific position. The truth is we do have. When talking about the interesting point in the article, the first one I found is about the stereotype of scientist on TV which is scientists “have two personality traits in common: obsessive natures and brilliant minds”. What the author writes reminds me of some images of scientist in my mind: most scientists are good-looking, good at critical thinking and they have many insight points. It seems like they are perfect person and they can handle anything. Though I’m not a person who likes to use stereotype, I have to say this is my stereotype of scientist. TV gives us those images while scientists in real life are not exactly the same. Honestly, most scientists are really smarter than we normal people, but they are still real human just like us.
After I read this article, I notice that the stereotype of scientist in the past and nowadays is different. Like Amanda writes in her post, “scientists were perceived as geeky, little nerds with glasses who spent their lives conducting experiments in a lab” in the past. Although there are still many exaggerated parts of scientists’ image, the stereotype of scientist is closer to the real life then it is in the past. I also agree with Amanda’s idea when she talks about the typical stereotype in “The Big Bang Theory”. Obviously, the old stereotype has a deep influence on the creation of the characters. Also, the situation that many students tend to choose science major reflects the fact that the influence of TV is gradually but not ignorable.