Here are some ideas:
- Take an Earth Scientist to lunch.
- Be patient with our eccentric ways.
- Understand that just because we may not have books on sale at Barnes & Noble, that doesn't mean that we aren't writers. We are sujbect to "writer's block" and when the "dam bursts", we may need to write down our thoughts before we lose them.
- Be empathetic with us - as during decades of travel with others - we pass thousands of rock outcrops and other sites of interest, without stopping.
- Just because we talk to ourselves, we are not necessarily crazy, we may be rehearsing a lecture or an explanation of a particular scientific issue.
- It is OK if we say "I don't know". It doesn't mean we are not looking for an answer.
- Part of being a scientist is observing things and seeking an explanation. Don't be surprised if we take an interest in things outside of our particular discipline.
- Many of us have a never-ending "yearning to learn", so please don't be offended (or surprised) if we bring a textbook or small reference book with us during a casual lunch. We may be trying to reach a "learning plateau" on a particular subject, in case the opportunity arises to offer an educated opinion.