Monthly Archives: December 2011

Censoring Science

When is it appropriate for scientists to withhold information to scientific communities? To lay communities? Such thorny questions brought folks into the arenas of scientific circles recently when the New York Times reported that two prominent publications, Science and Nature, … Continue reading

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We Are All Connected

I heard a story this week that illuminates the connection we have to one another. Aspen trees, I am told, appear to be separate towers in wooded forests but are, in fact, connected at their roots. The trees create an … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Blogosphere

The confluence of several experiences got me to thinking more deeply about journalism. The first epiphany occurred after I wrote an opinion piece for the local Oregon daily that generated ire from several bloggers. The piece concerned a lawsuit surrounding … Continue reading

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When Journalists Lie

More information about the blogger who faces a $2.5 million fine continues to creep into journalism’s circles and David Carr of the New York Times wrote an editorial this week that takes her–and the internet–to task. Seems the blogger, Crystal … Continue reading

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What Does Your Theory Look Like?

When I think about what I’m grappling with concerning science, Indian ways-of-knowing, and western ways-of-knowing, I imagine a picture. The current metaphor allows me to picture ways-of-knowing as a constellation, like an image of the Milky Way. I imagine a … Continue reading

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Look under the Light

I learned a lot from an illustrated storybook I received when living in Iran, called Once the Mullah. The mullah lived in a village with this wife and children, and offered advice to the local denizens. He was sometimes wise … Continue reading

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Spokes of the Wheel

Amazing how the spokes of my blog’s metaphorical wheel offer traction for other folks. Today I received an email from a lass who said she recognizes what it feels like to self-silence: she had read my blog on Dana Crowley … Continue reading

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Displaying the Dead

Johan Reinhard made “the discovery of a lifetime” when he unearthed a frozen mummy in 1995 in the Peruvian mountains. The book by the National Geographic Society, Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden, describes the “find” as “an amazing adventure” as … Continue reading

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Wrangling over Sustainability

We were wrangling recently over the word sustainability: what does it mean for American Indians? I can readily point to such issues as language preservation, where tribes work diligently to teach language classes. The Osages run regular classes and the … Continue reading

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