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What I learned at the Peace Corps Cross-Cultural Seminar in Benin

cross-cultural work requires people putting hands together

As a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1998 to 2000, I was one of three volunteers chosen to represent Peace Corps Guinea at a cross-cultural seminar in Benin. There was a lot of discussion about culture and the interactions between those of different cultures. One proverb we talked about says, “The fingers on the hand don’t have to look the same, they just have to work together.”

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The Creative Process in Science Starts with Something Odd according to Asimov

Mars Rover is a result of the creative process in science

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny!’

Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Author

In Asimov’s quote about the creative process in science, he recognizes that the end of the discovery, the solving of a problem, isn’t where the fun of science lies. While coming up with a new way to do things has its rewards, it’s the road to that discovery that is more exciting. “That’s funny” signals the beginning of the journey to new knowledge. It’s the moment when a researcher notices that something is off about the results of an experiment. It’s when something has gone wrong. The scientist notices the problem and decides to investigate what happened and why.

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