by E. Calvin BeisnerCornwall Alliance
Alan Leshner is worried. It seems scientists are having a hard time getting the public to understand science, and since â€œPublic understanding of science â€¦ contributes to the extent of support for scientific research,â€ something must be done.
Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Executive Publisher of its flagship publication, Science, wrote in a recent editorial, â€œThere is no shortage of topics where policy-makers or other members of the public seem to persistently misunderstand, misrepresent, or disregard the underlying science: climate change, genetically modified foods, vaccines, or evolution, among others.â€
Well, I guess two out of four isnâ€™t too bad. I imagine his and my understandings of GMO and vaccines are reasonably alike. But on climate change and (naturalistic macro-) evolution (not to oversimplify and distort), I suspect his conclusions and mine differ dramaticallyâ€”and I have a feeling that, in question-begging style, he assumes that my conclusions are wrong and his are right, and whatâ€™s needed is for him and other scientists to help me understand the science better.
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