An Introduction to Thinking Harder

It will be the public workshop of U.S. News writer and editor Ben Harder.

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Perhaps you're wondering what this blog is going to be "about." I've been wondering the same thing. Here's my current thinking:

I tell stories that fall across the spectrum of science. As I explore topics of interest—whether DNA vaccines or prehistoric humans—I'll share whatever seems noteworthy or potentially useful. When I strike a vein of rich material, I tend to dig a little deeper. So I may visit and repeatedly revisit a topic before moving on.

In other words, I plan to make this space my public workshop, where pieces will be conceived, developed, and—with your input, I hope—either refined or discarded according to their journalistic merits. Some of what you find here may eventually end up in print in U.S.News & World Report. But much of it will be for your eyes only.

If taking a tour of a workshop doesn't sound like much fun, I hope you'll at least give it a chance. Some workshops—Constantin Brancusi's studio, for example—are worth visiting.