Friday, June 8th, 2012

Science Fight!

"It’s the same feeling I get whenever someone uses the phrase 'dumbing down.' The implication is that if you need those things to get it, you don’t really deserve to get it. And it’s a few short steps from there to a very dangerous thought: Some people can understand science and others simply can’t. One of my deepest held beliefs is that science as a way of seeing the world is open to anyone and everyone. We are all capable of thinking scientifically, or—given the fact most people have other jobs, other interests, other loves—at least joining in the conversation. The people I want to reach are not dumb, they just don’t think about these things all day long. So putting things in terms of something people can understand? Nothing could be closer to the core of what I do, what I love doing."
Science writer Soren Wheeler writes an attack on Science's Adam Ruben's attack on science writing.

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BadUncle (#153)

Sure, the phrase is inappropriate for making science accessible. But as for journalism…

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

Well, as long as everybody got their chance to act all indignant…

As much I bitch about science writing, I agree with Wheeler. The hard part of science writing (or teaching, for that matter) is simplifying without being inaccurate.

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