There once was a kid who loved Science And grew up to create an appliance* it’s science he said nature is ‘dead’ And to trust nature is medical defiance *This ‘appliance’ could be, for example, the constant monitoring equipment used in labour, very useful when indicated but not always necessary or beneficial. And it is … More When Science Communication is not science or communication.
So often, in birthy posts, you read we were ‘designed’ This language is meant to ease our fears To which we seem resigned. ‘Designed to birth’ declare naturalists, almost thoughtlessly, Many do science-based research So this perplexes me. We are not ‘Designed’ to give Birth, Not Designed at all. We have in fact … More Designed to Birth?
“I can’t understand why you left him” a comment thrown away Perplexed I tried to grasp it, before it ruined my day, Why would you say something so thoughtless and malignant Surely common sense tells you – there is a reason in it. This comment not just rude, it was also factually incorrect It was … More Two Sides
Default as the standard choice It’s what you get if you don’t change the settings? It’s what you get if you want no frills? No enhancement. Basic. Impersonal. Or is default a failure? Not meeting obligation? ‘Male’ has long been considered the default human. It is the default in literature. If the gender … More Default
Can you make a shrewd assumption, If you have enough gumption? or would that be too assuming of you? Would it be oxymoronic to think you could? Or do you think it would be good to make a shrewd assumption on what to do. If someone is seeking your consent Are you sure you … More No Gumption in Assumption
What is the Capital of France? A question of trivia perchance The assumed answer must be The city of Paris But is this the correct assumption? The literal answer to the question is a letter So a different question would be better If the wording is altered we are no longer faltered and foiled … More What is the capital of France?
As a wordy from way back it comes as a shock I must regather my senses and take stock In teaching my daughter this wonderful game The changed official rules now allow a Name! The great scrabble panic of 2010 passed by me unnoticed Was the rule change announcement marketing focused? So know you can … More Scrabble rule change
It’s poetry, not science.
Just pondering on how things have changed, culturally, over time. or not. … More The Cave Man and the Capitalist
Gender stereotypes are superficial and inaccurate. We are better served by abolishing this destructive social construct and seeing individuals rather than imposing gender stereotypes. We need to start saying ‘SEX’ and acknowledging the different biological needs and impacts of males and females. … More Polite Ticks
The language we use matters, science communicators spend their time trying to determine the best ways to explain science to the general public. And the framing is not ‘how do we best communicate science so all may understand’, but rather ‘how do we convince the public to accept what we say without question’. In medicine … More The trouble with consent