What is at the root of science denial? Our October Twitter chat focused on whether or not education plays a part in science denial and polarization of public opinion on controversial science topics. We reviewed findings from a recently published paper by Caitlin Drummond and Baruch Fischhoff, which revealed an unexpected “paradox of polarization.” We … Read moreEducation alone is not the cure for science denial
Education strengthens science communication. Or does it??? Contrary to common sense (and conventional science communication approaches), increasing scientific education may actually enhances polarization in public opinion on controversial issues in science! We refer to this dynamic as the paradox of polarization. This month we are reviewing the article, “Individuals with Greater Science Literacy and … Read moreEducation strengthens science communication. Or does it???
We received some awesome mission statement submissions during last month’s State Your Mission Challenge! One of our favorite mission statements got us thinking about some intriguing questions… Science (and by default, scientists) has become quite politicized, particularly around certain issues that are often the focus of partisan debates, such as climate change. How can … Read moreBuilding Public Trust in Science: Communicating Science Across the Partisan Divide
We discussed the paper entitled, “Experiments in Engagement: Designing Public Engagement with Science and Technology for Capacity Building” by Selin, et al. during our Twitter chat on October 3, 2017. A summary of the paper can be found here. The paper was an attempt to address the broad question of how we can build capacity … Read moreBuilding Capacity for Citizen Engagement in Science
In a world where many citizens do not even vote, how can we encourage them to engage in policy making related to science and technology. Below is a summary of the publication we will be summarizing this month at Science Communication Journal Club. We will update this summary with highlights from the chat. Citation: Selin, … Read moreBuilding civic capacity for engagement in science and technology