Swiped from the incredibly smart Deborah Kwon:
Productive stupidity means being ignorant by choice. Focusing on important questions puts us in the awkward position of being ignorant. One of the beautiful things about science is that it allows us to bumble along, getting it wrong time after time, and feel perfectly fine as long as we learn something each time. No doubt, this can be difficult for students who are accustomed to getting the answers right. No doubt, reasonable levels of confidence and emotional resilience help, but I think scientific education might do more to ease what is a very big transition: from learning what other people once discovered to making your own discoveries. The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries.
Reading this was like being punched in the stomach (in the best possible way): http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1199158
(Passed on from Eugene Kim, whose patients are lucky to have him)
New data bank for anything related to Korean Americans: http://koreanamericandatabank.org/
In other news, just booked tickets to Houston for 2nd reunion of our race/religion seminar…looking forward to good times (in the air conditioning–Houston in August!) with this fantastic interdisciplinary family of scholars. Also you heard it here first–the caramelized peach salad at Adele’s is delicious.
…a new study to be released on Tuesday shows that immigrants played a role in more than three out of four patents at the nation’s top research universities.
[lollipop that prevents tooth decay = brilliant]
For instance, Assemblyman Edward P. Ra, Republican of Long Island, became supportive of a measure to create a fund to help illegal immigrants pay for college after casual chats with Mr. Moya at karaoke. “It was just two friends discussing an issue and why it was important to him and his community,” Mr. Ra said. “It made it more personal.”
But karaoke is about the spectacle more than the sidebars.
A crowd favorite is a Senate staff member who covers Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (better than Cee Lo himself, some say) and does a split during his performance. Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia, another Long Island Republican, works the crowd as he sings, holding a cordless microphone and twisting through a dancing mob as he belts out “Sweet Caroline” and implores his fellow revelers to join in.
Finally finished this week’s Facebook-circulated article, the Atlantic’s marathon article on whether women can have it all (short answer: no, if you work 90 hours a week and commute between two cities…surprise surprise? pretty amazing that she actually had some semblance of work-life balance-ish as a dean at princeton) Some bits that I liked:
The books I’ve read with my children, the silly movies I’ve watched, the games I’ve played, questions I’ve answered, and people I’ve met while parenting have broadened my world. Another axiom of the literature on innovation is that the more often people with different perspectives come together, the more likely creative ideas are to emerge. Giving workers the ability to integrate their non-work lives with their work—whether they spend that time mothering or marathoning—will open the door to a much wider range of influences and ideas . . . [very much agree]
I continually push the young women in my classes to speak more. They must gain the confidence to value their own insights and questions, and to present them readily. My husband agrees, but he actually tries to get the young men in his classes to act more like the women—to speak less and listen more. If women are ever to achieve real equality as leaders, then we have to stop accepting male behavior and male choices as the default and the ideal. We must insist on changing social policies and bending career tracks to accommodate our choices, too. We have the power to do it if we decide to, and we have many men standing beside us.
We’ll create a better society in the process, for all women. We may need to put a woman in the White House before we are able to change the conditions of the women working at Walmart. But when we do, we will stop talking about whether women can have it all. We will properly focus on how we can help all Americans have healthy, happy, productive lives, valuing the people they love as much as the success they seek.
I never did any of the interpretation events, but this brought back so many memories of Saturday mornings of speech and debate nerdiness (especially the powersuits). I’m especially impressed by the effective use of mouth clicking: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2012/06/high-school-students-perform-duo.html