About My Blog:
Science doesn’t “prove”; it sheds light on questions about our experiences and observations of the world so that we may learn new things and evolve our current understandings. It is frightening for many people to let go of their beliefs. The fear of being wrong; the fear of losing an argument; the fear of accepting that in 1,000 years we will still be searching for more answers with many of the same questions we are faced with today. Education is the pursuit of wisdom, it is a lifelong journey that creates stronger critical thinking, a greater ability to examine the evidence presented, a power in knowledge and a humility in learning to appreciate our disagreements. Science, as a philosophy of the mind, is not a war, a battle, or political feud; there are no sides other than those capable of discussion versus those incapable of discussion and education is the tool to harness its power.
There are a lot of people who would try to make education a political war. There is nothing that could be more debilitating to the progress of creating change in a world where politics have taken hold over reasoning. Rise above politics and realize if we continue the current course then we are doomed to another 50 years of political feuds and the voiceless will be the ones who pay the price. To this end, this blog is largey devoted to challenging what we believe.
Once an opera singer, I was turned dog trainer by the same passion that fills many who turn their lives towards dogs. After becoming a certified dog trainer with the Seattle School of Canine Studies, I have devoted my life to deepening my knowledge of dogs and finding ways to make the most reliable information more available to everyone who loves dogs. Through my experience working with companion dogs in shelters, foster homes, and private homes, I constantly question the assumptions of both the folkloric and theory-driven approaches to understanding dog behavior and behavior modification. I am the founder and President of the Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS) and the SPARCS Initiative to modernize the dissemination of canine science and to remove the expensive barriers that enthusiasts are confronted with when they want to become certified or simply to learn more about dogs. I am a graduate student in the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University under the direction of Clive D. L. Wynne and my areas of formal study have focused on biology, psychology, and philosophy.