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One Does Not Need To Be A Scientist To Develop Good Public Policy

“I am not a scientist” seems to have been the most commonly uttered phrase among politicians this past election season.  Many seem to have come to the realization that denying the changes occurring across the planet (e.g., climate change), denying the causes of many of the problems we face (e.g., shortsighted policies that are not informed by evidence), and denying the existence of the natural processes that shape the world around us and that can be used to solve some of these problems (e.g., evolution) is an untenable position.  So they seem to have switched to a position of feigning to be unqualified.  Thus, one has to ask, if you don’t know or if you’re not qualified, why are you not taking the information from people who are qualified and have made it their life’s work to know?

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One Trait of a Good Scientist

David Brooks in a recent column in the New York Times highlighted the shift in thinking about what makes someone a “genius”. The upshot of the argument is not that raw intellect and inate talent are the sources of genius, but rather it is practice, practice, practice.

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