A friend of mine works at a science museum, and she said one thing that surprised her was the way that scientists treat failure. When a scientist designs an experiment, there are positive outcomes based on their hypothesis, and then there are negative outcomes, or failures, or things they don’t expect. But just because they get a negative outcome, doesn’t mean that they as an individual are a failure. A scientist treats failure as just another data point. And every piece of data that they get, whether it’s good or bad, guides them in the right direction in the future.
Now it is true that many people already assume that all weather related disasters are man-made because of climate change. But this is lazy thinking. The fact that we have so many more newsworthy weather related disasters than we used to mainly reflects the vast increase in the number of people living in vulnerable places.
Thomas R. Wells
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