I happen to be a part of a profession that is sometimes justly judged by the attitude of a significant proportion of my colleagues worldwide. I am in the process of organizing my thoughts for a more extensive post, but so far, here’s the gist of it. Based on certain experiences that I have gone through recently I have felt the influence of The Sagan Effect, and I will speak UP… For example:
**Yes, I am a professor and scientist. Yes, I worked my butt off to get to where I am. No, my profession does not make me “better” than anyone else.
**A prevalent attitude among quite a few scholars is that if you engage the general public to teach them science that makes you a “second class scholar”. This pi**es me off.
******So then again, I happen work at the Ivory tower, but my office is located on the first floor… and I like it that way.
More thoughts on this soon!
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