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Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve racked up prizes — and completely misled you about the Middle Ages - Vox
"The Harvard professor, who just won a major humanities award, revived a caricature of the "dark ages" scholars abandoned decades ago"
book  review  history  humanities  popularize  medieval 
july 2016 by tsuomela
Bill Nye the Science Guy Has Become Liberals' Climate-Change Star | New Republic
"The "Meet the Press" and Creation Museum appearances are part of a broader cultural renaissance for the former host of "Bill Nye, the Science Guy," a popular PBS Kids show for much of the 1990s, and the fawning doesn’t end with the press. Policymakers sing his praises as liberally as liberal pundits, with one White House official even telling Mother Jones that President Barack Obama himself “lights up when he sees Bill.”"
science  communication  popularize  popular  television  media  celebrity 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Why Cosmos Can’t Save Public Support for Science - Audra Wolfe - The Atlantic
"As is so often the case with science communication, the assumption seems to be that public understanding of science—sprinkled with a hearty dose of wonder and awe—will produce respect for scientific authority, support for science funding, and a new generation of would-be scientists. If only Americans loved science a little more, the thinking goes, we could end our squabbling about climate change, clean energy, evolution, and funding NASA and the National Science Foundation. These are high hopes to pin on a television show, even one as glorious as Cosmos."
science  communication  television  public-understanding  popularize 
march 2014 by tsuomela
We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"TED of course stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and I'll talk a bit about all three. I Think TED actually stands for: middlebrow megachurch infotainment."
popularize  technology  futurism  futures  critique  innovation 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Prof Brian Cox: physicist or priest? | Eliane Glaser | Comment is free | The Guardian
"It's ironic that the public engagement with the science crowd is so pro-wonder, because they're so anti-religion. "All the great religions have a place for awe, for ecstatic transport at the wonder and beauty of creation," writes Richard Dawkins. "And it's exactly this feeling of spine-shivering, breath-catching awe – almost worship – this flooding of the chest with ecstatic wonder, that modern science can provide.""
science  popularize  rhetoric  religion  wonder  language  public-understanding 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Are popular scientists becoming modern day preachers?
"There's a really grumbly post over at The Guardian by Eliane Glaser in which she complains about all the flowery and hyperbolic language being used by so many high profile scientists today. But more than that, Glaser is claiming that these popularizers of science, many of whom are avowed atheists, are using the tropes of religion to get their point across — something Glaser says is both contradictory and potentially harmful to science itself."
science  popularize  rhetoric  religion  wonder  language 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Quantum mechanics in popular-science books - physicsworld.com
"Since its inception in the early part of the 20th century, the theory of quantum mechanics has consistently baffled many of the great physicists of our time. But while the ideas of quantum physics are challenging and notoriously weird, they seem to capture the public imagination and hold an enduring appeal. Evidence of this comes in part from the numerous popular-science books that have been written on the topic over the years. This episode in the Physics World books podcast series looks at the popularity of quantum mechanics in science writing"
physics  science  podcast  publishing  public-understanding  popularize  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Marketing for Scientists
Marketing for Scientists is a Facebook group, a blog, a workshop, and a book (coming out on Island Press in the fall of 2011) devoted to helping scientists learn these tools and adapt to changing times.
science  communication  marketing  popular  popularize  expertise 
june 2011 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: David Brooks and "Scientific Concepts"
"The two men [David Brooks and John Brockman] represent radically different "personae" at the boundary between expert science and the lay public (sorry to reify these categories, but I'll get back to them in a minute). Specifically, I think they come to the intersection from very different places. Brooks is an avowed moderate, defender of (certain) traditional values, and social-media skeptic
public  scholar  science  popularize  public-understanding  expertise 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The short answer to Yglesias's question is "Yes." - Acephalous
he basic logic is that sharing work with the general public is a means of circumventing the "serious" peer review process, and as such is necessarily "unserious." The problem with that explanation is that the peer review process is itself a monument to unseriousness.
academia  publishing  popularize  reputation  peer-review 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Epic Science » American Scientist
The popularization of science is done most often now through nonfiction. But in the century following the scientific revolution, it was poetry that carried the day. Book-length treatises in verse elaborated discoveries in botany, astronomy and medicine. This may seem counterintuitive to us now; and indeed, some of these works can seem far removed from scientific fact. In 1791, in his verses about plants, Erasmus Darwin imputed emotions and desires to them. It’s perhaps an understatement to say that, however charming, something like this would not fly today.
science  communication  popularize  18c  poetry 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Schummer - The Popularization of Emerging Technologies through Ethics: From Nanotechnology to Synthetic Biology
We are used to considering engineering ethics largely a critical enterprise. By pointing out ethical issues and by raising concerns about a technology, ethicists usually criticise rather than promote the technology in question. Of course, from a utilitarianist perspective, an ethicist might come to the conclusion that a certain technology is better than another one or than doing without. However, such conclusions are rare in philosophy and would not be considered uncritical promotion. In this essay I argue that engineering ethics, almost unavoidably, turns into the promotion and popularisation of a technology if that technology does not exist yet but is considered to be emerging in the near future. In other words, ethics of emerging technologies is not only prone to but almost destined to play a propaganda role in the public sphere.
history  science  engineering  ethics  popularize  distribution  technology-adoption  sts 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks
Renowned scientists Christakis and Fowler present compelling evidence for our profound influence on one another's tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, even weight, as they explain how social networks form and how they operate.
book  social-networks  community  networks  popularize 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Popularization Is Its Own Reward? : Uncertain Principles
One of the major problems contributing to the dire situation described in Unscientific America is that the incentives of academia don't align very well with the public interest. Academic scientists are rewarded-- with tenure, promotion, and salary increases-- for producing technical, scholarly articles, and not for writing for a general audience. There is very little institutionalized reward within academia for science popularization.
book  review  science  popularize  education  public 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Advances in the History of Psychology » Blog Archive » Presentism in the Service of Diversity?
"An interesting clash of historiographic sensibilities has cropped up of late on the Wikipedia entry on the history of psychology." comments and article are good discussion of how Wikipedia works or doesn't work for historical topics.
history  science  psychology  islam  medieval  wikipedia  popularize  historiography 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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