We made good progress in human rights with Obama as President. Now with the 115th congress and 45th president there are threats to reverse one hundred years of progress in human rights. So, I must keep my focus on advocating for human rights [link] here and everywhere I can.
Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017
When we do science we work very hard to keep ourselves out of the science. We do not fully succeed. We try very hard. Then, when we write about science we find it hard to include people. Stories with no people, with no motivations, with no emotions are not interesting stories.
Good science writers [link] Do include the people, their motivations, their emotions. We need much more of this good science writing.
Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017
Yesterday we saw the importance of curiosity [link]. Unfortunately curiosity (other than curiosity about celebrities) is out of fashion. What might we do to increase curiosity about science?
Maybe we can get a clue from curiosity about celebrities. Maybe curiosity about celebrities comes from on our basic interest in gossip. Maybe writing about science should be like writing about gossip.
Problem here is that persons liking science well enough to write about science do not like gossip.
Monday, 20 Feb 2017
Many persons have beliefs which are very important for their cultural identity. When they encounter evidence which challenges these beliefs, this threat actually strengthens their beliefs. The new strength of those beliefs is greater as ability to understand the challenging evidence is greater.
Some curious persons get great pleasure from learning new and surprising evidence — even evidence which changes their beliefs. This pleasure motivates them more strongly than maintaining beliefs important for their cultural identity. Evidence supporting this [link].