Right and Wrong

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When we look at the vast expanse of stars in the night sky, we can’t help but wonder what else is out there. Not just at the gas giants, rocky worlds, comets, asteroids, moons, and homeless planets strewn throughout our galaxy and all the galaxies beyond our own, but about what life — what possibilities…

How did Geoff Marcy happen? (Synopsis)

“There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.” –Denis Diderot Last week, news broke that UC Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy — perhaps the most famous single person in the field of exoplanet discoveries and study — was found guilty by a University panel…

“I can look in their eyes and see it. That’s the best feeling I can have. … I know I didn’t affect their lives just today, but it carries on for years and years to come.” –Warrick Dunn When most people think about the NFL, they think of a sport they either enjoy watching or couldn’t…

“It is worthwhile, too, to warn the teacher that undue severity in correcting faults is liable at times to discourage a pupil’s mind from effort.” –Quintilian We live in a society where we often draw this dichotomy between “our side,” which is always right, and “their side,” which is against us and, of course, always…

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” –Joan of Arc In 2012, I had the honor and the privilege to learn about Mariam Sultana, the first woman…

“When I say, ‘I love you,’ it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand…

“‎Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” –John Stuart Mill If there’s nothing else that science has to offer, it’s this elegant notion: that anyone, anywhere, at anytime, can investigate and uncover the mysteries and workings of the Universe simply by asking it…

“There is a voice inside of you That whispers all day long, ‘I feel this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.’” –Shel Silverstein It’s pretty obvious that the Universe exists in such a way that it admits the possibility of intelligent life arising. After all, we’re here, we’re intelligent life, and…

“The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it’s scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can’t find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don’t deserve to wear that…

“Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.” –Dream Hampton As any scientist knows, it’s true that no scientific theory, no matter how well-tested, how validated, or how universally applicable it is, can ever be 100% proven. But is this a flaw, or is it a feature…