I think one of my main motivations of this blog is to check back every so often, and think about the context of my work within a greater body of knowledge. That, and considering the importance of my work and the potential impact it has.
As I was getting an oil change the other day, I came across a Scientific American article about scientific perception, the title: Trust Me, I’m a Scientist. It made me think of another science-y article, The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science, on Mother Jones. One short article, one long article, both valuable in trying to understand the battles I may face as a scientist.
There is truly a great deal of value in the work in which my colleagues are involved. My focus is in the applied sector and problem solving with growers. In this regard, it is important to understand and recognize the preconceptions and notions based on cultural and experiential knowledge that people may have.