Science and Perspective.


July 2014

Legal Science

These links speak to what others are doing in terms of science used as evidence in legal proceedings.
In this era of environmental degradation and our attempts to use legal avenues to stop, challenge or remediate environmental impacts, we need to go about it in the right way. I am not saying that any of the sites have it perfectly worked out. I am saying that the discussion has started and they make some great points. We need to start the discussion in the Bahamas.



Monkey book!

Monkey book sounds like a finishing move in a word based video game…MONKEY BOOK!! *screams fade to silence**

So. What a monkey book is, is a manual for the completion of some task, which, if you give to a monkey that understands written language, should allow said monkey to complete the task. I am writing a monkey book for work and my is it tedious. At the same time though, it is amazingly interesting to do my work step by step and record ever key stroke and mouse click, every server address and file name convention.
This will undoubtedly make life much easier for my descendants in this position, but at the same time, it shines a grim light on the detail needed in the tasks I perform.

I wonder if there are any monkeys that can read?

Food Issues

We were talking the other night about some of my food issues. To be honest I will eat just about any food once (after seeing someone else eat it). This has included just about every fruit I can get my hands on, (even mango, my sworn enemy) ant eggs, choke cherries, snot-berries(guinep), sushi and sashimi, menudo etc. For me the smell and texture are the main put offs. I can smell mango from 200 feet away and no, I don’t want any. Nothing is supposed to be orange wet and hairy anyway, but I digress.
I want to talk about avocados. I never used to eat avocado. It just did not look appealing, the pasty green color and semi solid texture say "playdoh" not "food" to my eyes. Fortunately for me, I married a beautiful Mexicana, who introduced me to authentic guacamole. yummm! but, even with my new found love of Guac, nobody wants to see that half eaten withered brown avocado in the fridge.

Today, I found an avocado video to help, yay!!.

I think we should all eat something new once in a while. just try it.

This moment

I got this quote from A Word a Day. and it got me thinking.

Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment — the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. -Jorge Luis Borges, writer (1899-1986)

It is funny that I am still figuring out who I am. I am still battling with being a husband, a scientist, a leader, a student, a teacher, and what those things all mean to me. It’s tough. so many definitions of those things have changed for me as my world view has gotten broader and my world (read family and friend circles) have gotten smaller.

My definition and appreciation of love has changed considerably.(Thanks Alma, Sokka, Neji) My definition of love both given and received.The way I see the silences that protect others’ feelings to the statements that hurt now to protect later.

My understanding of science is still evolving. Not just in the performance of good science with the ethical responsibility and legal and social ramifications and not just the hard protocols and statistical analyses. I am seeing the strains and tensions more and more between good and science. What makes a good scientist? What makes a good scientist a good person? What can make a good person a good scientist? Can they ever be mutually exclusive? Can a person profess (do you see a pun?) themselves to be a good scientist if their work does not contribute to a good (read kindness/benefit to an external recipient/altruism)?

There can be no doubt that I want to be a leader of the kind that gives everyone around me the encouragement to be better. I do my best to lead by example. One of my biggest struggles however is knowing when to give up. I am stubborn. For the most part it works out for me. I find a way to do what I feel must be done (, or the Coral nursery). I am realizing through the lives of others and my own experience however, that this is not always the case. Is it ok once in awhile to give up? to take a break? to pass the buck? If so, how do we stop it from becoming habit? Can I still consider myself a leader if I do one day just stop?

Finally, I feel everything I do is learning and teaching. I hope to teach all I learn to someone else. I learn to love well so I can show others how I would like to be loved and to help them to love others. In all things Science I want to teach younger scientists to do conduct science ethically, soundly, thoroughly. I want to teach all who follow me to lead. But I have to learn everything first.

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A quote from me for you.

Teach everything you learn. Learn everything you teach. -Ancilleno O. Davis July 9th, 2014

Ancilleno DavisFounder-BEINGS
(Bahamians Educated In Natural and Geospatial Sciences)
Director at Large – SCSCB
(Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds
Doctoral student- Miami University, Oxford, Ohio


I imagine for the most part, I am seen as a happy person. Only the closest to me have probably ever seen me show sadness. Even fewer have seen me angry. I got this quote today in my "A word a day" email and thought I would share it with you all. I think it is right on point. Enjoy.

>>>One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience. -George Sand [pen name of Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin], novelist (1804-1876) <<<<

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