You’ll find out if you regularly read my essays that I’m a weather geek, scholar and big sports enthusiast. My personal experience inspired this essay. However, science literacy is something I try to maintain in these situations. This week, Texas Christian University will play the University of Georgia for the College Football National Championship. Although I am currently a professor at Georgia, I was also a Florida State University alumnus three times. The Georgia Bulldogs are a team I support strongly. And my alma mater. It is amazing how many people struggle with this concept over the years. So I started digging into it.
Based on my personal experience and research, I found that Perspective This is an important factor in shaping the response. Steffan Surdek, my colleague wrote this in ForbesAccording to the definition of perspective, it is how individuals view the world. This is their perspective and it’s shaped by their life experiences, current values, their state of mind and many other factors.
Florida State University gave me my bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. I am grateful for the opportunities that it provided. This school launched a rewarding and fulfilling career in atmospheric science. There I met and married my wife over 8 years, made lifelong friends, and spent the rest of my adult life. After 12 years as a NASA scientist, I was recruited to the University of Georgia faculty in 2006. Now, I am the director of the University’s atmospheric sciences program. There is also an honorary distinguished professorship. Next week’s semester will see me begin my 17th year as a University of Georgia student. You can see that I am a “marinade”, cheering for each of the universities in sports.
However, It isn’t unusual for me not to be lighthearted, (mostly) in tweets and comments such as the one below questioning if I’m a Georgia State or Florida fan. Bill asked me what I thought and I replied that I was a big fan of each. Here is the value of perspective. Many fans find their anchor point or experience with one team to be very important. Most likely, they grew up as a fan of one team and moved to another region or university. This isn’t the case for me. Strong and strong ties have been established with many universities. Many of us may also have shared experiences at colleges, or reside in different professional sports areas.
There is actually literature that studies sports fandom. According to a University of Oxford press release, 2016, “Anthropologists discovered that the intense emotions of losing and winning are what bind people closer together.” This resonates for me because I have two college teams. It may be only one team for you. Article in Psychology Today Strong fan loyalty is linked to self-esteem and the need to be part of larger ideologies.
Although it may seem trivial, I believe my views on the topic of sports fandom are more significant. Scientists often observe how biases and marinades influence public views on topics such as climate change, vaccinations, or weather forecasts. Consensus scientific evidence points to climate change, but people continue to hold onto their opinions based on political, religious or other viewpoints. It is more relevant for the current discussion to say that it worked for me to support Florida State University And The University of Georgia. This may not be the right approach for you. This should not make you want to dictate my views or diminish my fan loyalty. Hmmm, I think that’s what those words are. These words are wise advice in all aspects of your life.
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