Category Archives: science

How Science makes us Smarter

Feeling Rotten, Part 3 I mourn the loss of integrity when shenanigans from high-ranking folks we elected make headlines. What happened to grace and goodness? I’m embarrassed to learn that Republicans voted to gut ethics standards from our nation’s core … Continue reading

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Native science & rhetoric

An elder once told me, “Traditional knowledge is thousands of years of applied science.” Those words came from one of the speakers at the Indigenous Environments conference I was fortunate to attend this week in Norwich, England. She points out … Continue reading

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Irony Attack

A full-throttle example of irony begins with a drive to visit relatives south of Portland on a beautiful spring day. We sit and chat inside, so it is odd indeed that by twilight I discover my arms and hands have … Continue reading

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Playing the Woman Card

Don’t look now: media are priming us. Priming in the same sense that you prime a pump by activating the flow of water. When you want to extract water from a well, you first need to “prime the pump” by … Continue reading

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A gathering of minds: Indian style

Our conference in Albuquerque focused on narratives and how they shape meaning. Students and scholars from across the United States and Canada—most of them tribal members—delivered thoughtful presentations about how meanings are created in photographs, cartoons, internet games, news media, … Continue reading

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Creating Doubt

The Dark Side of Politics The new documentary Merchants of Doubt knocks down the lies one by one. And then the film knocks down the assumptions, one by one. But it’s hard to know what’s worse: the lies we tell … Continue reading

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Science as Politics

And Politics as Science You gotta love Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Jamieson is the doyenne of political communication. In addition to her impressive career as a public affairs and media scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamieson is one of Bill … Continue reading

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