Day 311. Getting mythical

In June 2013 on June 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm


Driving home around an hour ago, I heard Ian Henschke on ABC Radio 891 state the following:

In a moment, kooky science with Dr Karl.

I got grumpy.

Why is there a perception that science needs to be kooky, crazy, whacky in order to be of interest?

Excuse me for boasting, but I think this blog is a good example that it doesn’t have to be this way.  Occasionally I’m a little nuts, but it’s not my over-riding tone. Brain Pickings, The Scicurious Brain, All in the Mind, RadioLab all come to mind as other examples.

And while we’re at it, what other mythical beliefs are out there about science communication?

I addressed another one this past week: ‘scientists don’t want to talk to people about their work‘.

How about ‘oh, why do we bother, people aren’t really that interested in science’.

Or ‘if we could just make them see the facts, they’d love it too’.

Consider ‘scientists should just be left alone to do research, not waste their time communicating about what they do and find‘.

And a final example: ‘scientists who are interested in communicating their work aren’t really proper, hardcore scientists‘.

Are there other myths out there? I’d love you to add your own thoughts below, it’s an interesting topic.

Myths about science communication will be discussed in the #onsci hosted twitter chat Thursday 20th June 2013 at 9pm AEST. See @onsci and hashtag #onsci to follow or join in. 

[image thanks to Okko Pyykko on flickr]

  1. […] [With thanks to Dr Sarah Keenihan and the post she prepared for ScienceforLife.365] […]

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