An interview with Anne McGovern, a bookworm unveiling the mysterious nature of science

In a world of growing distrust of statistics, empiricism, and academic authority, Anne McGovern never stops learning. In her writing career, including book reviews and science stories, she has understood the globalized culture of science and how to put difficult ideas in ways everyone can understand. The entirety of her work can be found on her website. In this interview, we'll discuss her voice she has honed since childhood.

An interview with Nicoletta Lanese, a polymath at the "fundamental interconnectedness of all things"

At the intersection of science, dance, and writing, Nicoletta Lanese pushes her limits in whatever she can do. With awards for research and writing under her belt, she choreographs every movement and thought on her blog. In this interview, we'll find out Nicoletta's story and understand this value she searches for in life.

An interview with Kayla Wiles, a writer finding a way for herself

Paving a path for yourself is never straightforward. Kayla Wiles, relations intern at ELIXIR, has paved this path in her mission as a science writer. As she balances values from scientists, physicians, and other professionals for the general public, she achieves these goals in communicating life science information. In this interview with her, we’ll share how she does it.

In defense of darkness (from the universe to our psyche)

"Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" - Caspar David Friedrich
When we take care of ourselves, we fight the good and the bad within us. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche warned that fighting monsters without care could cause you to become a monster. Fighting internal monsters - like psychological stress or personal obstacles - requires coming to terms with the reality of this darkness. Contemplation of nihilism and despair, whether its dwelling on the past, philosophizing, or addressing fear, anxiety, and hatred, can open up a dark place in oneself. But grappling with good and evil, as Nietzsche would suggest, of the darkness can bring personal transformation. Through a surrendering of the ego, vanity, and hubris to overcome psychological difficulties, humans can find a way to transcend the fears within themselves. This is the darkness we all fight.

Dreams shaping the moral landscape (and keeping us woke)

"Jacob's Dream" Jusepe de Ribera
If psychology were alchemy, then dreams might have the secrets people are looking for. At the back of everyone's mind, it might be true dreams should be ignored. But the subconscious is ever-awake, and, as psychologists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud would have suggested, dreams offer ways of interpretation and understanding one's own subconscious. And when the mind shares these secrets, they could become ways we should view the world. They can lead to guilt, remorse, and other changes to responsibility that humans can probe. They can be a form of moral intuition for what we should do in life. How do dreams help us stay woke?