During one of our first discussions we talked briefly about an anti-science movement, and the importance of science putting a good face forward to explain its relevance to the public. Some have termed the refusal to listen to scientific findings "denialism", whether it is the movements against vaccines (thank you Jenny McCarthy), evolution, or the scientific evidence for global warming. This week I would like you to do some investigating on this topic:
- Listen to this radio interview from NPR's Science Friday with Michael Specter on his new book "Denialism".
- Read this article from Nature about new research into how science on controversial subjects should be communicated.
- Use your newly found blog and online science sources to see what you can find out there about denialism and the anti-science movement. And then use this material as a source to write a new post for your blog on this topic.
And lastly, for now. Leave a comment to this post in the next couple of days addressing the following question:
What medium have you found can best communicate science - text, audio, video? Something else? What have you found to be effective in your travels on the web this semester, and why?
Don't be too shy to get the comments started, and check back every day for new comments. I will post another question for you on Friday.