I’m often asked by parents what advice can I give them to help get kids interested in science? And I have only one bit of advice. Get out of their way. Kids are born curious. Period. I don’t care about your economic background. I don’t care what town you’re born in, what city, what country. If you’re a child, you are curious about your environment. You’re overturning rocks. You’re plucking leaves off of trees and petals off of flowers, looking inside, and you’re doing things that create disorder in the lives of the adults around you.
And so then so what do adults do? They say, “Don’t pluck the petals off the flowers. I just spent money on that. Don’t play with the egg. It might break. Don’t….” Everything is a don’t. We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk and the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.
So you get out of their way. And you know what you do? You put things in their midst that help them explore. Help ‘em explore. Why don’t you get a pair of binoculars, just leave it there one day? Watch ‘em pick it up. And watch ‘em look around. They’ll do all kinds of things with it."
- Tao Te Ching
- Justin James
- And “bitch” is attacking women for their right to call you out on it (via dearscience)
- Eckhart Tolle (via age-of-awakening)
The loathsome comments of the former Crimewatch presenter, Nick Ross…. that he would watch images of a child being raped out of “curiosity”…
Rape culture: the shutter I get from knowing that even a distinguished British broadcaster feels comfortable openly talking about his interest in watching a child being raped on a film that could have been taken of me.
The fact that men are in the minority of rape victims and the majority of rape perpetrators does mean that rape doesn’t happen to men. On the contrary, although small compared with the percentage of women raped, male rape is a large and significant social issue, affecting twice as many