Politics

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“I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.” -Newt Gingrich When an issue comes up, and it can be decided based on facts — on data, on evidence, on things you can measure and quantify — is it ever okay to decide that issue based on your feelings…

“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” -J. Robert Oppenheimer The nucleus of the atom holds many secrets, not the least of which is the key to the release of energy hundreds of thousands-to-millions of times more efficient than any chemical means known. In order to build and develop the first atomic bomb, a…

“[T]he coin of life has meaning and value no matter what side it lands on. It’s each individual’s choice whether to bet on the outcome or not, but ultimately your coin of life will be spent somehow.” -Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache Coin flips are traditionally the way to settle disputes with two choices and equal…

“We cannot be vengeful. We need to find pono [righteous] solutions. We need to find good things for astronomers. Cooperation is, I think, really the true part of our human nature, not competition. I think we have to go back to cooperation to survive the future.” -Kealoha Pisciotta, president of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou If you…

“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” -Leonardo Da Vinci There’s an attitude that’s very, very common in America: the notion of the rugged individualist. Part of that ethos is the idea that, “if I use my…

Dear Ben Carson: an open letter (Synopsis)

“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change…

“There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program — your tax-dollar will go further.” –Wernher von Braun Over the past 100 years, we’ve gone from looking out at a Universe whose very nature — the stars, nebulae, and even the planets — were virtually unknown to us. And because of the investment…

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.”  –Frank Zappa I want you to think about your deep, personal convictions. Think about your values, the issues that you feel define you at your core, and your most…

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” –Thomas Jefferson We all have our own unique story in this world, of where we came from, who we are now, and how we’ve grown to become the person we are. We’ve all had some…

“One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.” –Frank Zappa One of the most difficult things to talk about, for any self-respecting scientist, is politics. Like all of you, I have my preferences, my opinions, and my…