I didn’t like the school I went to. I found it very oh, I don’t know, I think I sort of found it foolish.1 I resented all of the restrictions. I resented the restrictions that were specifically designed for girls, that the boys I knew were studying intellectually more challenging things than the girls, and I just felt very outraged with that.2 And I had already become very interested in science and particularly physics, and that was not because I was taught in a school, I was taught very little in school, but from the library, and I also had read Bertrand Russell’s Why I Am Not a Christian, which went through arguments for the existence of God and refuted them. And he was so good at — to me it was so conclusive that — even though I had never been a Christian, it worked on me too, it worked on a little Jewish girl.3 So, I was — and I just was kind of already hooked on, to me, what seemed like the most adventurous thing that I could possibly do, which would be to try to learn as much as I could, that just seemed to me like an adventure. And it was exciting and risk taking and defiant and all those things you want to be when you’re an adolescent.

  1. Cosmology []
  2. Salary Of Both, The Virgin Birth []
  3. Anthropologically Correct, Want To Be Individual []
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