Science is Supposed to Welcome Dissension, Not Discourage It

posted by Richard, Jul 24, 2018

 

I’ve loved science ever since I was a little kid.

And not just science fiction, though I’m sure, like many budding scientists, it provided the initial shove. No, for me, it was Mr. Wizard’s World. It was Bill Nye the Science Guy. It was Carl Sagan.

When Cosmos released on VHS sometime in the mid-90s, I bought the set, lost them in a move, and subsequently bought them again. I still remember sitting in class fascinated the day we learned about different classifications of clouds, which might as well have been characters from Roman mythology as far as I was concerned. Ah, lovely Cirrus, stealthy Stratus, mighty Cumulonimbus

Yep, clouds. That’s one nerdy kid, right there.

Even my tenth-grade biology teacher, with his droning, insectile voice and interminable blackboard notes, could not dissuade my love of science. In college, the day I found out I could do so, I promptly changed my major from Philosophy to History and Philosophy of Science. Suddenly I was writing papers about Einstein, time travel paradoxes, and wormholes, pretty convinced I had discovered just about the coolest subject ever. When I turned in my final paper on the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics, I was pretty certain I was setting the scientific world on its ear. (I wasn’t. But that’s a sad story for another day).

So, I find it a little more than disturbing lately, in medias both traditional and social, the concept of “science” being used as a bludgeon.

Science, we are told, is now the end of an argument, as in: “I’m right, because Science.”

This bothers me. A lot. Continue reading Science is Supposed to Welcome Dissension, Not Discourage It

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I’m Not Left or Right or Center, or Any Other Damn Direction—And Here’s Why

I came across this wonderful Tweet from Michael Krieger the other day, and thought I’d share:

Amen. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

But I can certainly say more 🙂 Continue reading I’m Not Left or Right or Center, or Any Other Damn Direction—And Here’s Why

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NHL champions, here’s a simple way to avoid the White House visiting controversy: QUIT DOING IT.

 

Well, it finally happened. The Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House and took pictures with President Trump.

My question for the champions: How do you feel about it now?

The team captain Sidney Crosby was at pains to reassure the press and public that this had nothing to do with politics. “It’s a shame people want to portray it that that way,” he said a few days earlier.

Well, sorry Cros, but your visit does make a political statement, whether you want it to or not. It says: It is an honor to have the regard of the President.

And is that really such an honor?

Continue reading NHL champions, here’s a simple way to avoid the White House visiting controversy: QUIT DOING IT.

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Trump is Just a Symptom. Let’s Talk About the Disease.

 

 

Listen, you might find the sitting president to be a repugnant, appalling, knuckle-dragging buffoon making up for what can only be a clinical case of inferiority complex.

You’ll get no argument from me.

But he is just a symptom.

Cut him out and you still have the disease. And it has metastasized.

Continue reading Trump is Just a Symptom. Let’s Talk About the Disease.

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If You Have Post-Election Fear, Read This

 

No matter whether your candidate won or lost, I think we can all agree: we’re glad the shitshow is over.

But maybe your response is fear.

If it is, I just want you to consider this: you and I make the world what it is, not some villains sitting in office. And if that’s true, they deserve neither our hopes nor our fears.

Continue reading If You Have Post-Election Fear, Read This

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