Who will teach journalists how science works?

Scientific Blogging‘s Michael White has a very interesting new piece (link below) on one aspect of how science is often (mis)represented in popular media. I don’t feel inclined to argue pro or con on any of the particulars of the case he examines, although I do have a great deal to say on the broader issue of how our society presently handles matters pertaining to scientific progress. But I’m saving that rant for later. As for the answer to my opening question, I’ll offer up this little “hint”: it won’t be our increasingly corporate-dominated education systems. Not the way things are going, at least.

However, I think Autism Hub readers, especially, will find many strikingly familiar themes in Bad Science Journalism and the Myth of the Oppressed Underdog — especially in light of [*cough*] recent events in The Great Autism Debate.

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4 Responses to Who will teach journalists how science works?

  1. daedalus2u says:

    The only way that anyone can learn something is by teaching themselves. Someone else can help by providing information, but the student must be willing to learn. If there is no willingness to learn, there can be no learning.

    This is the problem with scientific ignorance as with ignorance of all types. The problem lies with people who are unwilling to abandon their ignorance and learn.

  2. dkmnow says:

    Tell that to Seligman’s dogs.

  3. Now you have that the wrong way round, who will ever teach the scientists about journalism

  4. dkmnow says:

    You do have a point there…

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