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Do we need science?

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Do we need science?

On its surface it seems like a silly question, but you might be surprised how often the typical scientist or science communicator encounters it.

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Tips For Human Interaction

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Tips For Human Interaction

So if someone disagrees with what you're saying, then a simple explanation of the evidence should be enough to dissuade them of their wayward thoughts. Sounds great, except it never works.

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Let's Have A Conversation About Science

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Let's Have A Conversation About Science

Some days the job of a science communicator seems downright impossible. How can we continue to grow a love for science when there's so much...well, lack of love for science? Especially when this lack of enthusiasm manifests in so many different and troubling ways.

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Popular

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Popular

The phrase “popular science” has a benign enough definition: explaining science to the general public.

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Disengaged

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Disengaged

There are of course a few challenges to public outreach from the perspective of a scientist: difficulty in translating the jargon, fear of saying something inaccurate, discomfort in presenting to large crowds, and so on.

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Dumb Science

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Dumb Science

First off, the very act of using natural language to describe scientific concepts can be considered "dumbing down".

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An Intrinsic Good

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An Intrinsic Good

But we often hear the narrative that STEM literacy is declining, and that our mission is to fight that decline lest the general public becomes ignorant and afraid of the world around them. But here are three questions in response to that claim: 1) Can you actually reliably measure STEM "literacy"?, 2) Is it really declining?, and 3) Is that the true motivation of our mission?

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Lose It

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Lose It

So what to do? Well in the words of famed English novelist and critic George Orwell, "the quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."

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