Rachel Carson, writer, scientist, and ecologist. Disturbed by the profligate use of synthetic chemical pesticides after World War II, Carson reluctantly changed her focus in order to warn the public about the long term effects of misusing pesticides. In Silent Spring (1962) she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.
Dawkins: Mock Them. Ridicule Them. In Public. With Contempt.
"Dawkins: Mock Them. Ridicule Them. In Public. With Contempt." The only thing Dr Dawkins has in common with the much ballyhooed and massively exaggerated Westboro Baptist Church is that they both specialize in attacking the sensibilities of other people in order to gain fame for themselves. The similarities pretty much end there.
Temple Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour, despite her living with the condition of Autism.
And then I would make a comment about how there could really be more women in the community, and the responses from my fellow skeptics and atheists ranged from “No, they’re not logical like us,” to “Yes, so we can fuck them!” That seemed weird.
Aug 9, 1896 - Jean Piaget born. Jean Piaget was born on August 9, 1896, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Over the course of his career in child psychology, he identified four stages of mental development, called “schema.” He also developed new fields of scientific study, including cognitive theory and developmental psychology. Piaget received the Erasmus Prize in 1972 and the Balzan Prize in 1978. He died on September 16, 1980, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Victorian artist Marianne North who travelled all over the globe in order to satisfy her passion for recording the world's flora with her paintbrush. Her paintings can be seen at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Some of the plants she painted were new to science and one genus and four species were named in her honour.
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was a French chemist and micro-biologist. His work is very well known, but what is perhaps most interesting for us is what he believed about the process of scientific discovery. According to him, it is only the prepared mind that benefits from it - in other words, it is serendipity + preparation.