Pushing back means you already think you know. Asking questions means you want to know. Ask more questions.
Sometimes, when forming our opinions, we grasp at whatever information presents itself, no matter how irrelevant.
Repetition is all-important to spreading a Big Lie.
Laura J. Brown, deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the F.A.A., said that the agency has decided to take a "fresh look" at the use of personal electronics on planes.
It is in everyone's interest that we move from unscientific fears to real scientific testing.
Science is driven by two powerful motivations -- to discover the "truth," while acknowledging how fleeting it can be, and to achieve recognition through publication in prominent journals, through grant support to continue and expand research, and through promotion, prizes and memberships in prestigious scientific societies. The search for scientific truth may be seriously derailed by the desire for recognition, which may result in scientific misconduct.
Frankly, the professional experience I have had with TSA has frightened me. Once, I was bypassing screening (on official FBI business) with my .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol, and a TSA officer noticed the clip of my pocket knife. "You can't bring a knife on board," he said. I looked at him incredulously and asked, "The semi-automatic pistol is okay, but you don't trust me with a knife?" His response was equal parts predictable and frightening, "But knives are not allowed on the planes."
An unnamed officer:
In the end, it was just easier to do nothing than to, you know, rock the boat.