A widely accepted belief among scientists is that science cannot dictate values. Scientists can find out how the world works — including how society works — but those facts cannot tell us what we should value. Values are a matter of what we choose to make our lives and our society about.
Lane County has begun an unprecedented effort to address the problem of poverty. Public and private organizations are coming together and putting in place efforts to improve the economic self-sufficiency of Lane County’s citizens and to see to it that children living in poverty get the evidence-based programs that will help them develop the skills […]
This was published in the Eugene Register Guard on July 7, 2013. Somewhere in Lane County a family is struggling right now. Perhaps the parents are unemployed, or a single mother is living in poverty. Maybe the parents themselves grew up in families whose parents never learned to be patient and nurturing. A child in […]
This piece was published in the Eugene Register Guard on July 28, 2013. Remember when you were in elementary school? What was that like for you? Did you have a lot of friends? Did you enjoy school? Or was school a place you hated to be, where other kids were unkind? If you are like […]
This was posted in the Eugene Register-Guard on Sunday, June 23, 2013 Prevention scientists and practitioners often tell the story of a town with a river flowing through it. It could be Springfield, Eugene, or Florence. One day someone notices a child floating down the river struggling to stay afloat. Emergency crews rapidly pull the […]
This piece was published in the Eugene Register-Guard. It is the first in a series on how human wellbeing can be improved through research-based public health efforts. There is something new under the sun in Lane County: Virtually all sectors of the community are joining together to create a comprehensive, coordinated, evidence-based public health approach […]
I have been writing a lot about the fact that behavioral scientists have made a great deal of progress on how to prevent virtually all of the most common and costly problems of human behavior, including depression, crime, and academic failure. In essence, we have figured out how to help families, schools, and to some […]
This post suggests a framework for thinking about future developments in the behavioral sciences. It is specifically intended to contribute to Oregon Research Institute’s strategic planning process. However, it is hoped that it is relevant to the field more generally.