I, like virtually every other freshman at my university, took Psych 101. We all had to participate in a certain number of experimental hours, and if you were signed up and missed yours, there was trouble. Of course I learned this the hard way. I was directed into a little room with a table and an apparatus with lights and buttons on it, and to make a long story short, spent the next 90 minutes trading electrical shocks with another malingerer. It was pretty intense, and I can't imagine it happening today. Anyway, I stuck to “hard science” after that.
That’s alright, and thanks.
LOL! That kind of “shock therapy” (not to be confused with the kind that’s actually been applied) would be an effective behavioral/rational aid for directing students toward productive studies. And although economic conditions are getting rough, hard sciences will be in huge demand in the near future, IMO. As imports drop off due to mounting debts, we’ll certainly need people who are capable of designing and making truly useful things. :-)
I’m playing with a cheap CAD package now by learning to design a house with it (QCAD Pro). ...drawing a few missing blocks and symbols for that as per codes. AutoCAD is a little too expensive for the self-builder or hobbyist, and I’m using UNIX-like systems anyway (NetBSD and Linux—helping with testing, learning software development, etc., for NetBSD).
...also analyzing some thermal energy stuff (homemade heat collector, storage and radiation systems) to see if they’re doable with the IRC and other codes.