Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science
– James Clerk Maxwell
Tell me and I forget
Teach me and I remember
Involve me and I learn
– Benjamin Franklin
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The scientific spirit is of more value than its products
– Thomas Huxley
Imagine if a significant fraction of the world’s population had a basic understanding of deep time, deep space, and deep complexity. It would mean emergent social intelligence.
It would be nothing less than childhood’s end for Humanity.
Of particular interest to me are the fields of computational citizen science (mainly biology and astronomy) and institutional citizen science.