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.