On the Road with Speaking Science 2.0
Even before the publication of our Science and Washington Post commentaries, Chris and I were asked to do a number of joint talks in various cities. As attention grew to our Framing Science thesis, we decided to formally launch a Web site devoted to the arguments raised in these articles and to other ideas that we are developing in forthcoming work.
So we're now pleased to announce a site at ScienceBlogs: "Speaking Science 2.0: The Road to 2008 and Beyond." It includes much additional information: Upcoming Events, Previous Speeches (available as Powerpoints, Audio, or Video), Articles, Media Coverage, and Further Resources.
The first of our presentations will be on May 10, 2007, at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City. (Details here.)
We're hitting the road to (we hope) spark a national conversation about science communication. In talking to colleagues this past weekend at Cornell University where I gave a similar talk, I'm convinced that we are at a tipping point for questioning old assumptions and trying out new ideas in this area.
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Evolution doesn't clean up after itself very well.
- An evolutionary biologist got people swapping ideas about our lingering vestigia.
- Basically, this is the stuff that served some evolutionary purpose at some point, but now is kind of, well, extra.
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- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and things that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way.".
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