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Tom Coburn, Ignorance, And The Need For Scientific Communication

Jamil Zaki | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Jamil Zaki

The consensus as I've experienced as a researcher is that (1) ignorant political attacks will not affect our ability to get work done, and (2) it is not our job to help the public understand our work. I think both claims are wrong, and potentially dangerous to the future of science.

Do Unto Others: Have People Lost the Message?

Karen Curley | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact
Karen Curley

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The message is so simple yet so hard for us to swallow.

Ignorance Isn't Bliss

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 12.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Our deepest fear is the fear of the unknown. Our present life may be stressful, demanding and challenging but at least it is familiar, whereas change implies unfamiliar, unknown territory.

The American Ambivalence Towards Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 12.09.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Here are some absolutely undeniable givens that prove Americans don't care about education.

The Power of Not Knowing

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 08.23.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

In the space of suspense, we often find more possibilities than if we prematurely close down a conversation with answers. Learning how to not know is a key skill that may benefit us in our lives.

The Post-Osama Muslim American

Wajahat Ali | Posted 07.08.2011 | World
Wajahat Ali

The rich and complex identity of Muslim American communities is now personified by a terrorist leader who suffered from narcissism and a compulsive need to release YouTube videos.

Sun Tzu and the Art of Knowing

Leslie Griffith | Posted 06.05.2011 | Media
Leslie Griffith

In the 6th century BC, the shrewd general and philosopher developed his influential military strategy against the backdrop of China's "Warring States" era. It is, unfortunately, more applicable than ever.

Anti Anti-Science

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.31.2011 | Green
Paul Stoller

The culture of anti-science is creating an alternative universe of meaning in which scientific practices and findings, which tend to subvert fundamentalist social and cultural and political principles, are suspect and/or dismissed.

The Republican Ignorance Agenda

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Perhaps conservatives realize that their attractiveness is dependent on ignorance at many levels: ignorance of the Constitution; ignorance of the importance of science; ignorance of their own ignorance.

2011: The Year of Living Unapologetically

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

For a blogger who's been posting about everything under the political sun in 2010, this year brings with it a particular challenge embodied in the que...

It Gets Better?

Jeff A. Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jeff A. Katz

What do Kermit the Frog, Vinny from the Jersey Shore, President Obama, and Ke$ha have in common?

Dancing With the Palins: The Right-Wing Attack on Reason, Expertise, and Science

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

As the power of science increases, certain segments of the population cling to religion and popular myths in order to defend against reason and expertise. They are now quickly becoming corporate pawns.

"Do You Really Like Living Here?" A Foreigner's Perspective on Tokyo

Jared Braiterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jared Braiterman

(This article originally appeared in Newsweek Japan on October 28, 2010 in Japanese) "Do you really like living in Tokyo?" is a question I am often a...

2010 Elections -- The New Inquisitors

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

The Inquisitions were infamous for their intolerance and hostility to science. Six centuries later, we still have wannabe inquisitors among us, and they are growing their ranks through the support of like-minded candidates.

Dr Jack Shaheen: "More leadership needed on Park 51 conversation."

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

The national conversation on the Park 51 Islamic Community Center has taken a turn for the worst. Opponents claim it's too close to the Ground Zero a...

Wing-Nut Tea

Susan L. Travis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan L. Travis

These are interesting and difficult times for all Americans, though the predicament of our Republican brothers and sisters bears special reflection.

What Do You Believe? Conscience vs. Reason: Can Values Be Fact?

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Solod

Belief systems are a funny thing. They're hard felt, hard won and nearly impossible to shake. And unfortunately, most of them are often built on thi...

Minding Other People's Manners: When and How Is It Okay?

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Manners aren't what they used to be, but correcting someone's manners is bad manners. When our mothers told us to mind our manners, they didn't mean "and everyone else's manners as well!"

I Am Giving Up Hope for Lent

Lisa Solod | Posted 02.17.2010 | Healthy Living
Lisa Solod

In the spirit of ecumenical understanding, I hereby deny myself indulgence, for the next six weeks, in the most important thing in my life: Hope.

The Hopey Changey Stuff

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Palin's popularity in segments of society indicates that a portion of the voting population has come to disdain science, objective truth and the benefits resulting from our waning period of enlightenment.

When the Whole Is Less Than The Sum of its Parts

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

The biggest obstacle to enacting health reform in our time may not be an unenlightened populace, whose notions are so misguided that the very things they are opposing aren't even on the table from the beginning.

Health Care and Automotive Repair

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

Our lack of information as consumers puts us at a pretty big disadvantage when we need something important --like our cars or our health -- to be restored to working order.

In Praise of Ignorance

Eric Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Burns

As someone who used to host a television program on the media and popular culture, I have a problem. I know too much. I know things I should not know. I know things that shouldn't even be things.

Worried About Money

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ryan Mack

I woke up early...worried about money. / I think I'm losing my home. / Just text me when you need me. / I just got the new IPhone.

How to Think

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

One of our political parties now embraces that what one believes is more important than what one knows, and is where critical thought has been banished and"facts" are founded in belief.