Hi. My name’s Jean. You can call me John – it’s French. I like science. Quite a bit. That said, I am not a scientist, and have not formally studied a science since an undergraduate basic physics class. What I have studied somewhat extensively, however, is communication and culture.
This blog is an exercise in combining my interest in science with my study of communications. Over the years, I’ve noticed that we have a very strange relationship with science in our culture. On the one hand, it drives everything we do. Many of the world’s most significant scientific discoveries have been made somewhere within our borders (though of course not all, or even most – other countries have amazing scientific minds as well!) Our lives have been made vastly easier by the scientific, engineering, and technical marvels that have been developed over the past century. Science is the bedrock of our society.
And yet, many people have a fascinating mistrust and visceral fear of science, and its potential consequences. Nowhere is this more obvious than in our political debates about climate change or evolution, but it’s also seen in entertainment, documentaries, news, and our own reluctance to accept inevitable change to the science we learned as children (here’s looking at you, Pluto).
This blog will be a place for me, and perhaps even you, to muse about how we as a society think, talk, and write about modern science. Where do we fear, and where do we have total faith? What can we accept, and what do we gloss over? What can we not help but simplify, for the sake of our own understanding? And how much does the way we think about science really matter?
Also, one thing to remember is that I’m not a scientist. While I do my best to do all my research and fully understand what I’m talking about, the reality is that sometimes I won’t. Sometimes, I will get things wrong. I apologize in advance, and if you point out an error to me, I’ll do my best to fix it.
Thanks for reading!