Sunday, 07 Aug 2016 — Embrace difference
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Historian: The strength of your "ALL of us working togrther" finish yesterday [link] tells me that you have much more to say about this.

Physicist: You read my mind. The more to say is about what you and I call "embrace difference." Here's an example: NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission we posted about Friday [link] and NASA's Juno [link] [link] and New Horizions [link] missions which we are following are all part of NASA's "New Frontiers" missions [link].

Historian: I see where you are going. NASA's "New Frontiers" missions explicitly seek innovative proposals from scientists with different points of view and different skills sets — embracing difference. There are no end of episodes in science where embracing difference is a key feature.

Physicist: Exactly! Sometimes this happens within a team when workers with different points of view and different skills sets share the work. Sometimes this happens when workers with different points of view and different skills sets respond to published work. Sometimes they build on the published work. Sometimes they move toward surprising new frontiers.

Historian: Difference is key. Sharing is key. Science works best this way [link]. What can not work best this way? Politicians appealing to tribalism, apealing to fear of difference drag us down and rob us. Embracing difference is uplifting and powerful [link].

Physicist: We have a long way to go before we all know that all persons are valuable to us all because of difference and we all act accordingly. At least in science professions this is understood and work is underway to remove barriers to fully embracing difference.