In which I opine that no, actually, not EVERYONE should be able to explain quantum computing like Trudeau (though that was cool).
But first, the essentials:
“I’m tired of logging into Twitter or Facebook just to dodge rape and death threats in response to my articles” ow.ly/4mJlWj
This week’s word: Yottawatt! It’s…a lot of watts. a Lot a LOT of watts. ow.ly/4mR5IH
this guy thinks we can find the origin of the obesity epidemic with a few more stats.ow.ly/4mR5TK I worry abt false positives.
Fascinating piece about the origin of moderation in the wild west of the Internet.ow.ly/4mR6dv
Can cows benefit from some probiotics? Interesting thought! ow.ly/4mR6Gn
And a rant from me:
Based on this: Justin Trudeau and quantum computing: when social media shapes reality.ow.ly/4mRRRV Apparently there are people out there who think that EVERYONE should be able to understand quantum computing and explain it. Because that…benefits us all somehow.
Today, I think we need a reminder of what you all “should” be reading.scicurious.org/heres-what-you… (1/n)
“I realized the people telling me to read specific lists of books were people interested in upholding the status quo. People who were invested in the current lists of “What Makes you look Smart,” because they had already ticked off those lists. Most of these people were not smarter than I was. Most were not better educated. Most were not even interesting people.
They were merely people interested in telling me how to be more like them. People who wanted to tell me unless I did what they did, read what they read, I was deficient somehow. That in some way, my gaps in this huge list of books made me lacking, less able to be successful, less understanding of human nature or of culture.”
This is also how I feel about whether or not a politician “should” be able to give a 100% accurate description of quantum phyiscs (2/n)
Should people know there’s such a thing as quantum computing? Sure. 3/n
Should they develop a basic understanding of quantum computing if they need to develop policy based on it? yes. (4/n)
But should we be saying EVERYONE should know and love and explain quantum computing or we are all ill educated? NO. (5/n)
There are different ways to be “educated” and different things that interest us and make us passionate. That’s ok! (6/n)
Let’s not shame people for what they don’t know or what they “should” know. Let’s inspire passion and interest and curiosity.
Think the replication crisis in psychology is cringe-worthy? Try biomed. ow.ly/4mTNOl
Even the tiniest things can impact your science. For example, if your lab mice are COLD. ow.ly/4mTObi
Why nerd culture is sexist. ow.ly/4mTOOL
TIL there’s a global anti-venom shortage. And synthetic biology can fight it. ow.ly/4mTPbu
Love this. An important PSA on three easy ways to read less nonsense. ow.ly/4mU0IM
Ain’t no party like a deep-sea crab party because a deep-sea crab party don’t stop! DEEP SEA CRAB PARTY. ow.ly/4mUUC9
Science teachers are eyeing an origami microscope, and seeing a golden opportunity.ow.ly/4mWlPT
Journalism has an editing problem.ow.ly/4mWlUJ It’s hard when people have no idea what’s going on behind the page.
The CDC knows where Haiti’s cholera outbreak began. It’s just not telling.ow.ly/4mWmZv
Does a honeybee have a concept of “I”? It’s a tough question. ow.ly/4mWo9m
My favorite “what if” so far: Can you get a bird to deliver a pizza to your plane?ow.ly/4mWEyu
Periods! In! SPAAAAAAACE.http://ow.ly/4mXhTN