Of course, we know that. And as a scientist, it’s a wonderful thing to get paid to be professionally curious. But too often, scientists and journalists, responding to the siren song of reductionism, act in their own worst interests and over-simplify what is inherently complex. Here is a wonderful piece by Amanda Ripley on her own experiences with this challenge in the context of the charged political times that we are currently experiencing. I was happily surprised, mid-way through the article, to find my colleague Sara Cobb quoted extensively.