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Think global. Act local. Does that work?

May 13, 2010

I haven’t been posting as often lately because I am confused.  As I attempt to focus my efforts, I think that I have actually become more distracted.  Where to place priorities?

As a parent, I want my children to have the best education possible so I contribute time and money to their school.  Is it enough?  Are we making the right decisions?

As a scientist, I am frustrated by the lack of scientific literacy.  I witness this in magazines and newspapers and on the internet and in conversation.  Is there a way to contribute to reduce this?  Is it enough to correct and confront the misinformation when I encounter it?  Can I do more?  Should I?

More specifically, as an epidemiologist, I find the current state of health research to be frustrating and disappointing.  To make matters worse, the presentation of health “facts” by the media are so often distorted or just plain wrong.

I worry about politics and safety and terrorists and freedom of speech.

Maybe I need to make a list?

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