How to maintain intellectual character in an era of fake news

"Truth Coming Out of Her Well" - Jean-Léon Gérôme (1896)To speak of our own intellectual character requires a tremendous amount of humility and generosity. To speak broadly, intellectual character is all about embracing truth, criticism, and ideas in a way that's justified, fair, and ethical. It's very easy for many scholars and students to treat their … Continue reading How to maintain intellectual character in an era of fake news

How war shapes a country: a review of Nora Krug’s "Belonging"

Pondering difficult questions of her own cultural background, German author Nora Krug asks the questions of what belonging is and what that means to her. To belong to a culture of Germans responsible for the unspeakable atrocities of World War II meant Krug was challenging the very idea that she should belong to that culture. … Continue reading How war shapes a country: a review of Nora Krug’s "Belonging"

Physician Rita Charon on how stories matter to medicine

Tasks like discerning difference between modern and postmodern illness would prove difficult for anyone without appropriate training in the arts and humanities. What is and what isn’t a fact has never been obvious or uncontroversial. There was no golden age of truth. Given the present day notions of post-truth in an era of decreasing trust towards … Continue reading Physician Rita Charon on how stories matter to medicine

How to become who you are, according to Nietzsche

In Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, American professor of philosophy John Kaag shows how important and salient philosophy's role in everyday life is. By hiking through mountains and experiencing what the Swiss Alps have to offer, Kaag illustrates a view of Nietzsche's life that provides an intimate understanding of the challenges Nietzsche … Continue reading How to become who you are, according to Nietzsche

An interview with Adam Kruchten, a Renaissance scholar of the highest calibre

Meandering through information from different disciplines is difficult for anyone - be them a scientist, philosopher, or anything else. On his website and in this interview, we'll take a look at how Adam Kruchten learned to figure out what guided him in his passions and how he applies both scientific and philosophical thinking to understanding statistics. HA: Adam, … Continue reading An interview with Adam Kruchten, a Renaissance scholar of the highest calibre

SeqAcademy: An educational pipeline for RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis

I'm proud to announce the launch of SeqAcademy.org, a website to teach others RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis even with no prior programming experience.This project was the result of the NIH April Data Science Hackathon, at which researchers from across the globe met to work on projects here at the NIH. Our group created SeqAcademy, an … Continue reading SeqAcademy: An educational pipeline for RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq analysis

Science capturing the public’s imagination

"Everyone should have a deep understanding of science." It seems like a lofty ideal. While it's one thing for the general public to respect scientists for their work, it's another to ask them to understand it on a deep level. As scientists and science writers share knowledge with others, we get a glimpse into their … Continue reading Science capturing the public’s imagination

An interview with Cadence Bambenek, a creative soul mixing her love of words and science

Cadence Bambenek is a lover of words and dystopian novels. Her experience at newspapers has lead her to current position Psychology Today. Her work can be found on her website, and, in this interview, we'll chat about what makes her amazing.Hussain: Cadence, let's start from the ground up. What made you interested in writing?CB: What … Continue reading An interview with Cadence Bambenek, a creative soul mixing her love of words and science

An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science

In a world of growing distrust of statistics, empiricism, and academic authority, Anne McGovern never stops learning. In her writing career, including book reviews and science stories, she has understood the globalized culture of science and how to put difficult ideas in ways everyone can understand. The entirety of her work can be found on … Continue reading An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science