As luck would have it, the grade school I attended had just that year reduced its size from a kindergarten through sixth grade school to a kindergarten through fourth grade school as the result of a then new “middle school” being opened as part of a nineteen-seventies progressive restructuring that took in the fifth and sixth grade students from our grade school as well as two other grade schools in the area. As a result of this, my school ended up with a number of no longer needed classrooms – one of which was a biology lab.
When I first learned about the publication of Brooke Borel’s The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking back in late 2016, I thought “This is THE book for our time.” However now, having learned about the forthcoming publication of a second edition of Scott L. Montgomery’s The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science, I’m in a bit of a quandary.
In the days, months, and – God help us – perhaps even years to come, those of living in the United States are likely to see a rejection of science at the highest levels of government, in some of the most visible media outlets, and amongst not insignificant segments of the citizenry.
As I lay on the dark blue lounge chair at the Portland Red Cross, quietly contemplating my blood flowing through the 16-gauge needle inserted into my median cubital vein, through the tube taped to my forearm, and down into the bag suspended just beside the chair, like any good naturalist I began to wonder just […]