October 25, 2020

The Niche

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World Stem Cell Summit Day 2: scientists just stick to facts?

World Stem Cell SummitToday I was part of a panel discussion on social media for the stem cell cause at the World Stem Cell Summit.

My fellow World Stem Cell Summit panel speakers John Hlinko, Amy Adams, and Don Reed all did a great job.

Something that one of speakers said in the session that ended right before ours stuck with me as I was giving my talk. This person said that as part of the multi-dimensional team advocating for stem cell research that:

Scientists should just stick to the facts.

I like facts (aka data) as much as the next guy, but when it comes to advocating for stem cell research, my opinion is that scientists need to go beyond facts. We need to use our authority to voice opinions.

In this regard, here’s what I said at the end of my talk. I’ve never quoted myself before and maybe it is silly to do so, but I said it far better on the spur of the moment than I could write it now.

Scientists should not just stick to the facts. They should present the facts and then based on the facts, voice their opinions.

What a great meeting this is. It’s an honor to be part of it. Facts alone have little power without interpretation and formulating argument… and I’m happy to see a lot of intriguing opinions being voiced here in Pasadena.

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