Among my top-five most-hated science communications tactics: let’s write a letter to X journal and get Y number of people to sign it. That’ll get their attention and change things!
Sadly: while Y might get their attention (briefly), it’s never nearly enough to change things.…Read More
A church in my neighborhood holds a Saturday morning yoga class that I attend off and on. While the class was settling in, I overheard a discussion among some of the participants about kids and their smartphones — they’re on them all the time, they create bad posture, etc.…Read More
A list member writes in response to my column yesterday about whether Greta Thunberg has made it safe to use science as a trump card again (I quote from it below, with permission):
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To your question, “has she changed the rules?” The answer is no.
I don’t know if Greta Thunberg is going to change the world.
I know that she and her fellow under-20 climate activists have already changed research communications.
But I don’t know if it’s for the better.
Greta Thunberg argues that politicians and private-sector leaders — Davos and UNGA types — need to “listen to the science.”Read More