We Need To Be Willing to Feel Uncomfortable

Here’s a thought-provoking article by Alice Rose Bell on science communication.

I got into science communication because, as an ever-so-earnest teenager, I thought it could save the world. A few years in the kids galleries at the Science Museum and an STS degree or three shock some cynicism into me, but the basic hope’s still there. If anything such cynicism has simply made me more aware of how easy it can be for science communicators to oil the wheels of some not especially nice or clever directions for the planet.

We need to check our creativity isn’t exploited. We need to ask economic, political and cultural questions as well as scientific ones. We need to ask these questions of ourselves, our friends and our funders as well as others. We need to be willing to feel a bit uncomfortable. We need to be able to disagree.

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