Via Twitter hat uns GWUP-Mitglied Daniel Fischer vom Astronomischen Institut der Uni Bonn auf einen provokanten Essay im englischen Guardian aufmerksam gemacht – und allen Skeptikern und Wissenschaftskommunikatoren zur (Sonntags?)-Lektüre empfohlen:
Faith in Science is not enough – People deserve proof“
As much as I love Brian’s work, I don’t think we need any more like him at the moment.
Instead, we need more really good science teachers, and here’s why: I don’t want to see science become something that people “believe” is important and cool and sexy without understanding why. I don’t want people to mindlessly buy into the geek scene in the same way that they might have bought into the alternative lifestyle scene, had they encountered it first in the right circumstances.
But that’s what I’ve seen happening – people attending the lectures, events and festivals organised by “science communicators” and going home convinced that science is the “right” way to look at the world, without really understanding why science is special.
I’ve encountered people who are desperate to hang out with the science in-crowd (yes, there really is such a crowd), and even “science communicators” who struggle to explain what it is they think is special or important about science.
When I ask them why they want to be science communicators they invariably talk about wanting to share their love of science with the world.“
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- „Science Slam“, Hoaxilla-Podcast Nr. 47 vom 19. Juni 2011