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I think Frances Kissling is onto something really important. If our society modeled her ideas we would heave a collective sigh of relief when we turned on the TV talk shows. Let me share a quote with you from a lecture that the scientist Richard Feynman made in 1963 at the University of Washington:

"Nobody's honest. Scientists are not honest. And people usually believe that they
are. That makes it worse. By honest I don't mean that you only tell what's true.
But you make clear the entire situation. You make clear all the information that
is required for somebody else who is intelligent to make up their mind."

So the challenge seems to be not only to be clear about our own positions, but also the
agreed upon positions of others. (Quote from "The Meaning of it All", Basic Books, 1998, p. 106)

Stephen Erickson