Marc Ettlinger: Linguistics, Scientific Journalism, and Jews

 

 

Marc Ettlinger has a PhD in Linguistics from Berkeley, and works as a research scientist at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. As an undergraduate, he studied mechanical engineering. We discussed his work, research, and Quora answers. Marc describes one of his motivations for Quora as being science journalism. In his opinion, there are two camps of science writing: 1) an article in the NYT/Wired focused around one scientist/idea asserting strongly how things work, and 2) the stark, unromantic truth. We also talked about his answer to the question “do Jews think that they are superior to other ethnic/religious groups?”

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