A Nice Compliment!

I received a wonderfully supportive email a few weeks ago from Dan De Vries. I asked if I could post it and he said yes.

“Hello Janet, I imagine you have seen this by now, but just in case I’m forwarding it.  Much in this brief essay reminds me of your work. Keep it up! And, yes, feel free to use my name.  One of the things that struck me was that Jane Goodall doesn’t have an academic degree in a science.  Which makes her a citizen scientist (of the world).  I believe that there is definitely a place for humanists in the “natural” sciences.”

I’ve received this same compliment numerous times, but this time it was with the attached article which indeed shows a lot of overlap! Thank you, Dan!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bobbie Pyron
    Mar 30, 2018 @ 17:39:12

    I agree whole heartedly with Dan!


  2. toni kline
    Mar 30, 2018 @ 17:46:36

    the similarities are so strong; glad someone else noticed it too.
    btw, i saw Darktail on my run last weekend; said good morning to her. she looked fine


  3. Gail
    Mar 30, 2018 @ 18:13:03

    How nice, Janet, and yes, there are strong similarities!


  4. Sharon Stroble
    Mar 30, 2018 @ 22:24:06

    Actually, I believe Jane Goodall did end up with a doctorate degree in science – she had lots of field work to help her qualify


    • yipps:janetkessler
      Mar 30, 2018 @ 23:08:03

      Yes, but when she did her seminal research, she had been simply a secretary, as she herself states in her article. And this is precisely the reason she was chosen: Leakey didn’t want anyone who was “burdened” with a degree. :)) Observing what is going on requires simply a keen interest in what you are doing, and plenty of time to do it — and that’s the overlap. Here’s another article: http://time.com/3949985/jane-goodall-college-history/

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