Monday, February 16, 2015
Thoughts on Citizen Science and Public Good
This afternoon, just a few moments ago, as I cleaned up my twenty-year old daughter after a diaper change and prepared to draw up a syringe of cannabis for her afternoon dose, I was struck by the irony of listening to a certain Citizen Scientist over on the National Geographic comment page demand accountability and responsibility from the public, namely me, Irresponsible Citizen Numb-skull. I wondered, not bitterly, mind you, because we all have our issues, whether she might extend her civic duty (enthusiastically getting those 49 vaccinations and protecting the herd through strict legislation) to helping me out over here. I'm thinking she could take a stint at changing those poopy diapers every day for at least a decade, and during constipated times, she could do some telephone work (waiting begets waiting) and cajolery. I could certainly use help with insurance co-payments as well, and whoa -- let's not even get into all the things she could do when Sophie ages out of the school system. Stronger minds than my own flail at that prospect, so I imagine a really altruistic and responsible person like herself could come up with some solutions! I'd even give her a turn at darts when we visit The Neurologist and try to decide what medication might work best should I be unable to keep getting the Unresearched-Enough Cannabis.
Even numb-skulls have dreams.