As a science communicator and ex-science teacher, the most common criticism I hear from academic scientists about my work is that it’s “dumbed down.” I just read the same phrase in this fascinating but infuriating account in PLoS ONE of the results of a survey of biologists and physicists about science outreach. I had such … Continue reading How do you respond to the charge that something is “dumbed down”?
I haven’t read The Hunger Games or seen the movie yet, but I’m soaking up lots of sociological analyses and outraged reactions on teh Internets. A story about a fictional, horrendous society seems to be spurring reactions that highlight real-world heinousness. First, I read that some people consider Jennifer Lawrence to be ‘too big’ to … Continue reading The Hunger Games: fiction that brings out racist, sexist reality
A NASA computer simulation shows that nuclear war could throws up a huge soot cloud that warms, rises, and blocks sunlight to cool the Earth. Now that’s the kind of climate change we like to see! Except there’s also that pesky nuclear winter thing. You know, where the crops die for lack of sunlight and … Continue reading Nuclear War Still Not a Good Idea