Today’s collection of links have the loose theme of engagement between the public and science.
Grist, an environmental news service I used to read every single day, have an interesting article about how on reddit the science subreddit has banned out and out climate denial (more accurately: conspiracy theories) from their discussion. The author, a moderator of the subreddit, wonders why mainstream news services don’t just do the same given that the science is in.
If you’re unconvinced about the science, or are convinced that it’s right but are unsure about the specifics, NPR has a short article and animation about the mechanisms of global warming. The authors raise the point that the general public find science a bit daunting, particularly when it’s something as complex as global climate systems.
Charlotte Pezaro, a PhD student at the University of Queensland, is doing research into how science education plays a role in preparing people to evaluate evidence rather than just preparing them to do science or to memorise scientific facts. Pezaro argues that more than this, a focus of science education should be to develop scientific literacy in the making of decisions in a personally relevant context of science, such as health, nutrition and the use of technologies.