All the Other People You’re Going to Meet

It should come as no secret to you that, for the longest time, I felt alone. Like, really, really alone. In high school, it was because I was very young and didn't quite fit in with any one group. I was different. Sometimes, I felt like an outcast. Some were too smart. Others were too ...

When You’re Right, You’re Right. When You’re Wrong, Accept It.

One of the biggest indicators of maturity, is learning to acknowledge your mistakes, learn from them, and move on. This is especially true in any science field, but it can be applied to live in general as well. In science, if you make a mistake and are called on it, you better change your ways. ...

Quick Thought: People are not a monolith

Quick thoughts are really quick posts of things that I think of right in that moment. No editing. No planning. Just a free flow of my ideas. Live with it. Why did people vote for Trump? Why did people not vote for Hillary? Many of us are wondering what exactly led us to having the CEO ...

If Time Were Not Linear, Where Would We Be? What Would We Do?

There's a scene in The Flash where Tom Cavanaugh's character tells Barry Allen's friends that Barry's superpower is not his speed, it's his hope. "He's full of hope," he says, pointing out that Barry keeps trying to do the impossible because he's full of hope that it will work out. Isn't that the damned truth? The ...

The Dark Side and the Light

“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, ...

Leaving the Science to the Voters

GMOs scare the hell out of people for some reason. I guess they've been watching too much science fiction, or something, because I really can't explain the fear that a lot of people in a lot of places are exhibiting toward Genetically Modified Organisms. They think they're mutants, or something. Yeah, okay, GMOs are sort ...

Take Care of Number One

Before I left the mainland, I had a conversation with my academic advisor. He has been all over the world, and he has done a lot of work away from home and family. I told him how apprehensive I was about my extended time away from home, and how I was going to be very ...

People Are Generally Good, Except When They’re Not

One of the things you must understand about the world is that people are generally, for the most part, on the average and in the long run, good. It's in the murky definition of what being good is that we get into some of the troubles with being human. For example, the white nationalists cheering ...

Whaddaya know? My head didn’t explode.

Horror. Anger. Despair. My world was ending... All of those were feelings I felt when Netherlands eliminated Mexico in the last World Cup competition. Every four years for the longest time, I get my hopes up (way up) and follow Mexico's qualification toward the World Cup. Every four years I think to myself that this ...

One Thing I Promise You: Work

I'm in Atlanta for some training before heading out to Puerto Rico to chase me some Zika Virus. As an Uber driver took me to CDC this morning, we started talking about his life story. Mr. Mohammed arrived in the United States in 2000, escaping war in Sudan as a refugee. He told me that ...