What would you like to know? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

What would you like to know? (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)

What would like to know?

I believe that this is a very simple question but very much undervalued and misused.

Debates can be of many different natures. And many times are just entertainment. They can be the most time consuming activity you can engage in, but that does not always mean that they would be the most profitable. Every time, the profits depend on what are you looking for from the act of debating. Most of the time, debating is used just to consume time playing “wrestling” as a hobby. But, how many times have you engaged in a debate having something in mind that you wanted to know? and end up actually finding it out?

Among many of the postures we might find in most debates are about:

those who want to be recognised as being right,

those who want to know if what they think is right;

and those who want to know something.

Not so long ago, I was talking with a senior scientist whom was thinking in retiring from appearing in scientific congresses, even as a guess speaker, based on the lack of new data that this scientist could bring into the congresses. I said that I do not agree with that point of view. People who have been involved throughout their careers in so many debates and under so many circumstances, professionally and colloquially, know how easy is to find criticism from opposed postures and difficult to find support in adding efforts to achieve a common goal.

There are many things that can be learnt from others in a debate which are beyond feeding information. Things which are not told but that can be appreciated such as the ability to listen, to stretch your mind trying to understand different approaches, the progression applied to unfold an idea, the temper applied in defending positions and the capacity of integrating different pieces of information and points of view.

I am one of those persons who enjoys debating. I like when I find my postures reinforced by sharing points of view but further than that, I really appreciate the effort that someone else puts into understanding where I am coming from.

Many times I rather prefer to be considered “useful” than “right”. Because I consider other ways of thinking “useful” and even surprisingly inspiring, even when I do not fully agree with the conclusions adopted.

In several occasions I have encountered people taking the posture in a debate of just being right, period. And by expressing doubts and not surrender your own point of view the debate shifts into a trust issue (if you have doubts about what I am saying it is because you do not trust me…).

At this point I usually think to myself, what is more important in a debate, to find out what we know or to find out who is right?

What do you really would like to know?


About Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD.

Citing This Site "Title", published online "Month"+"Year", retrieved on "Month""Day", "Year" from http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com. By Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD. More guidance on citing this web as a source can be found at NASA webpage: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/bibliography/citations#! Bachelor in General Biology, Masters degree "Licenciado" in Environmental Sciences (2001, Spain). PhD in Aerobiology (2007, UK). Lived, acquired training and worked in Spain, UK, Germany and Poland. I have shared the outcome from my previous work as scientific speaker in events held in those countries as well as in Switzerland and Finland. After couple of years performing research and working in institutions linked with environmental research and management, I find myself in a period of transition searching for a new position or funding to support my research. In the present competitive scenario, instead of just moving my cv and wait for my next opportunity to arrive, I have decided to invest also my energy and time in opening my own line of research showing what I am capable of. The value of the data and the original nature of the research presented in this blog has proved to be worthy of consideration by the scientific community as well as for publication in scientific journals. However, without a position as member of an institution, it becomes very challenging to be published. I hope that this handicap do not overshadow the value of my work and the intellectual rights represented by the license of attribution attached are respected and considered by the scientist involved in this line of research. Any comment and feedback aimed to be constructive is welcome. In this blog I publish pieces of research focused on addressing relevant environmental questions. Furthermore, I try to break the barrier that academic publications very often offer isolating scientific findings from the general public. In that way I address those topics which I am familiar with, thanks to my training in environmental research, making them available throughout my posts. (see "Framework and Timeline" for a complete index). At this moment, 2017, I am living in Spain with no affiliation attachments. Free to relocate geographically worldwide. If you feel that I could be a contribution to your institution, team and projects don´t hesitate in contact me at d.fdezsevilla (at) gmail.com or consult my profile at LinkedIn, ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Also, I'd appreciate information about any opportunity that you might know and believe it could match with my aptitudes. The conclusions and ideas expressed in each post as part of my own creativity are part of my Intellectual Portfolio and are protected by Intellectual Property Laws. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial conditions. In citing my work from this website, be sure to include the date of access. (c)Diego Fdez-Sevilla, PhD, 2016. Filling in or Finding Out the gaps around. Publication accessed 20YY-MM-DD at http://www.diegofdezsevilla.wordpress.com/
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