Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Winds of Change

I'm typing on my computer in my dining room, under the dim yellow glow of an incandescent light bulb contemplating the future content of this blog.

My desire for this tiny quadrant of the internet is for it to become a well respected and trusted resource that interprets hard to understand concepts of science (of parrots and birds) and to better involve and educate the public in specific scientific fields, discussions and research. But few people really seem to care about truly understanding and applying scientific concepts when they find out it's from "researchers in the scientific community". They go on and whine that their eyes glaze over when terms and definitions are discussed. They make excuses that "I'm not a scientist and cannot understand all the terms" or even better, they put the blame on the teachers and say that they need to use simpler language to understand anything.

Why all the fuss? What is it that makes these people so scared of attempting to learn something new?
With behavior modification the definitions haven't changed in a long time. And once the definitions are learned you'll know what you're talking about for years, this is because the science of learning and behavior is no longer a budding scientific field. All of what is now the foundation of behavior modification was firmly established in the days of Skinner and there are few disputes regarding these foundations.

Because some people find real science aversive and go so far as to badmouth it, I'm thinking it's about time to relax my criteria with this blog.


My deeply set love for birds, science, behavior and evolution topics is something I cannot let go. But writing about my daily life while sneaking in bits of science might grab some people's attention to a topic they originally found aversive. I love the field of behavior modification, I really do. Understanding this field is helpful and practical at home, at work, in day-cares, and even for ourselves when keeping our New Years resolutions.

And for me behavior modification isn't just about understanding my birds, but about understanding myself as well. I've successfully used my understanding of this science to improve my study habits and grades, eliminate unhealthy eating habits, and increase my exercise habits to five days a week. Goals I would have never thought possible as little as a year ago! This science stuff works, and I think it's about time to become a little broader about it in my blog.

Fly higher every day.


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