Dynamic Duo – Give a Warm Welcome to Piano Black


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A week or so ago Greta Christina asked if anyone was willing to mentor a high school skeptic who had wanted some help for a project. And I was deeply impressed by her plans to bring science education to the masses.

And so I figured that this young lady has some pretty new things to say and that her quest is just! And I asked if she wanted to blog here as part of her project.

So say welcome to Piano Black, a 17 year old American Skeptic.

- Avicenna

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I’ve tried to create an attention grabbing headline, but I couldn’t  So I’ll just start off simply, my name is Piano Black. A few months ago, I decided to take an ownership of my education because I wanted to cultivate my thoughts. I also wanted to segregate myself from any sort of organization so that I could think for myself, you know, to have my own thoughts and opinions. That being so, I discovered this love for science.

As I was reading Broca’s Brain by Carl Sagan, I felt inspired, my curiosity that I thought had died long ago was awaken fiercely. Reading the first chapter, Dr. Sagan was discussing the accessibility of science, how important is it for people to be curious, and we should integrate science in our daily conversations. Although I am finished reading the book, the first chapter really resonated with me. The way the first chapter resonated with me  was that it made me feel empowered, like I could make a difference of my own. It was then that I decided to draft a letter pertaining to science education. This letter would be sent to a number of peoples and places.

Although I am still drafting the letter, I have never felt so enthusiastic about a project in my life. Prior to educating myself, I felt pretty purposeless as if I was just going through the motions of life. I felt extremely isolated, confused, and empty.  I had no drive and I was just doing the bare minimum to survive in my life. As I reflect I realized that wasn’t a way for me to live. I did not look to a god, a prayer, or something else that is created to give the masses false hope, I looked to myself and society.

In this letter, I felt like I could somehow connect through society through science education. I know that if we as people were to have one goal to strive for which is a better understanding of science, skepticism, and the universe, we could unite to venture more those ideas. To set things straight, I am not here to nag, my interest is to educate and to help others feel empowered so they could think for themselves. I want to help others think straight, or at least to even start thinking. I admit I know next to nothing when it comes to the information the world of science has to offer, but I am willing to learn whatever I can.

In creating this project, I knew that it was important but I still did not know exactly what I am getting myself into. Well, I now know that this had been the most challenging activity I have engrossed myself in, for it challenges my endurance, patience, convictions and ultimately my direction. However, I remain optimistic because I know that with the help of very many people, I am not alone.

- Piano Black

Comments

  1. says

    Welcome to the show, and congratulations for taking the initiative to learn more and to share your knowledge with others. What you’ll find (or at least what I found) is that as you write with the intention of educating other people, you’ll actually learn a lot, both about the subject matter and yourself. Focus on and cherish that, because it is understanding the journey toward knowledge that is the key to helping others find the way.

  2. machintelligence says

    Welcome. I agree that you’ll find that the best way to learn about something is to have to explain it to someone else. It certainly worked that way for me as well.

  3. kevinalexander says

    I would add to that. Listen carefully to the people you are trying to teach. They will teach you as much or more than you will teach them.

  4. Stevearoo says

    What an uplifting piece. Fantastic to hear from somebody so young who has had the epiphany that I had to wait until my mid-thirties for. Piano Black is obviously someone to watch out for in future.

  5. glodson says

    Welcome. I am glad you have taken this step. Curiosity is a great thing. Ask questions. Don’t take anything for granted. It sounds like you got a great start.

  6. Rob says

    Welcome Piano Black. Curiosity is a wonderful thing. Never let anyone beat you down or try to belittle you for wanting to know the hows and whys of the universe. I look forward to reading your work.

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