Sunday, March 6, 2011


On ScienceFriday (February 18, 2011)

Nina Federoff:
“You know the biggest problem is that those of us who love science and who do it as a way of life are most persuaded by something we call the weight of the evidence. But for somebody who [..] doesn’t have a science background, sometimes they think this is just another point of view. It’s very had to bridge that gap.”

Ira Flatow:
“[..] science is increasingly just becoming a matter of opinion”

NF: “Yes, and frankly it isn’t. And how you communicate the notion that after a certain point the countervailing opinion doesn’t matter is a real challenge to all of us scientists.”


Melissa said...

This is something I'm sure most scientists and skeptics come across a great deal. I know I've had several encounters with people who thought science and evidence were just synonyms for opinion.

makita said...

And this results in "teach the controversy" discussions when there is no controversy.

The Dissonance said...

And then there's the "Climate of Denial" thang. He with the biggest public relations budget wins?

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