I am a biologist, and for much of my life my preoccupation was solely learning about the natural world. I had very little interest in the world of people or politics. Feeling young and powerless, I was more concerned with playing the existing game well than changing the rules. Then I became a parent. I began to realize the powerful influence politics has on the lives of children and families, and my attention was particularly drawn to policies that seemed to me absurd, that others were prepared to defend and implement. I began to question why it was that people, particularly people of influence like politicians and religious leaders, could hold beliefs that so contradicted my own, often in the face of strong evidence to the contrary. Read more…