If I had to live my life over again I would give serious thought to practicing neuroscience or some related field of inquiry. The mysteries of consciousness and the many puzzles offered by the curious phenomena of intelligence are endlessly absorbing. What’s more, as this NYT article shows, many of the experiments you get to perform are indistinguishable from a Monty Python skit.
Part of my delight in reading these articles is the clear sense that, whatever else neuroscientists, behavioral psychologists, and their many brethren enjoy, they really enjoy messing with people’s heads. And that’s fine work if you can get it.