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marie curie

"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."

"In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons. "

Marie Curie, one of the best discussed woman scientists in American biology textbooks, said these words. When reading and thinking about disabilities studies, I can't help but think about attitudes similar to Dr. Curie's still prevalent in academic, industrial and biomedical scientific culture. To riff on the feminist icon an online quiz picked for me (Emma Goldman: "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution), "If I'm not concerned with people, it's not my discipline." Much of what I identify with in Garland-Thomson's argument is a rejection of a top-down decision that does not consider a person's autonomy. I would think that this argument is one that everyone can relate to. Who wants to have misinformed, ignorant people make decisions for them about crucially important life decisions, after all?

Flora

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