This is an experiment, though not a scientific one. We should know.
The premise of this space is that scientists could be better communicators on many different levels. One place to start is through the written word. Writing is a tool to clarify our ideas, as well as a means to get others to understand these ideas. We spend time in front of chalk boards, behind podiums, standing on desks with bowling balls, or lying upon a table offering a bed of nails. We think that this exudes understanding, and in some ways it does. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.
So, this space allows some of us to practice. Each month, one of us gives the rest of the group a topic. This could be a single word, a topic sentence, a premise, a question . . . perhaps the creativity starts with the prompt itself. The entire group, including the person who creates the monthly assignment, gets to write to that prompt. Everyone gets to read each other’s work, comment, reflect, reconsider, etc. There are no answers, no prizes, and no losers. We’re just trying to get a sense for the craft, get better at writing, and perhaps even get better at communicating and doing science.
Hi, Shane! When I discover a blog, I want to be able to start at the beginning and read the posts in the order in which they were posted. I can’t find a way to do that with your blog. I realize that it’s probably right in front of me, so I beg your mercy on my sleep-deprived brain as you kindly point it out to me 🙂
Melissa, you can scroll down to the bottom of the home page and then click on “Older” to keep going back in time. Or, simply start here:
and then look for the links that take you forward, step by step, to each subsequent post, as labeled.
beautiful! thank you so much for doing this!
a deep bow to all of you…
keep learning! keep writing! keep sharing!
yey for science! yey for he(art)!
Hello. Really enjoyed your site. Excellent!
Hey glad to find your blog, really good content. 🙂
“There are no answers” goes against every fiber in my body, physically, mentally and spiritually. “There are no answers”, I don’t believe that. I believe that I am an intuitive and creative enough person that with enough knowledge of a subject can explain that subject, the theory of everything for example,
to a high school level student’s understanding.
What if one simple understand of the laws of physics could explain the unknown actions is a very simple way, any ans all unknown phenomenon simply explained and connected, would you still say; “There are no answers”?