Yes, you can be well-intentioned and still do harm. That, at least, is what television personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey learned when she apparently and good-naturedly dismissed Diana Nyad's claim to being an atheist.
It is appropriate to seek evidence for claims about the nature of things and it is also equally appropriate to form our opinions and ideas around it, to be mutable in our thinking and able to evaluate our observations of the universe.
What is it that separates everyday trust -- everyday leaps of faith, even -- from the kinds of ironclad beliefs that inspire jihads; crusades; leper-kissing; cathedral-building? How does one become so utterly sure of an idea that rests on so many unproven assumptions?
The exceptionally well-drawn characters resonate with anyone who's ever had to care for an elderly parent. Catherine's exactly like her father, brilliant but plagued with the demons that can accompany brilliance.
Beck promised on his radio show that "the hammer" would be coming down on me, and that he would devote a week of his TV show to bringing me down. I took that as a "no" to dialogue, but I've decided to go ahead without him.
It took fifty years before the courts finally acknowledged that cigarette smoking causes cancer. Let's hope it doesn't take another fifty years to convince the government and the public that vaccines can cause autism.