At Big Think, Thoughts on Framing, Dawkins, Climate Change, and the "Paradigm Sheep" in Science Communication
Back in July, I sat down for an hour long interview with the new TED-like social media site Big Think. The innovative project features "hundreds of hours of direct, unfiltered interviews with today's leading thinkers" segmented by topic category and spliced into 3 to 4 minute conversations.
The general focus of the interview was on the nature of strategic communication with an emphasis on science and environmental topics. Big Think has organized the conversations into 11 different sections. I link to several of these below with the description from the site. The themes will be familiar to readers of this blog and to others who have followed the Framing Science debate.
Public Relations for Science
The same concepts that apply to a political campaign also work when communicating science explains Matthew Nisbet.
Wagging the Dog: Media and Public Policy
Matthew Nisbet emphasizes the cyclical nature of the relationship between public policy and media.
Barack Obama as a Master Communicator
Matthew Nisbet explains Obama's appeal.
The Pros and Cons of Richard Dawkins
Matthew Nisbet walks a fine line in the age-old debate between religion and science.
Explaining the Paradigm Sheep
Matthew Nisbet explains an article that documents the history of a paradigm shift in the public relationship to science.
Studying Audience Behavior
New campaigns often use the same techniques to communicate, however Matthew Nisbet points out that this involves more than simplification
Crisis Communication 101
PR advice to politicians from expert Matthew Nisbet.
Outlining Successful Strategies
The best communicators focus on motivation, emotion, and framing, explains Matthew Nisbet.
Balancing Education and Entertainment
Matthew Nisbet says campaigns must first garner attention, then deliver useful information.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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