A few years ago I finished my doctoral work which focused primarily on cellular and molecular biology (yay! finally some letters behind my name for street cred). After spending most of my life in a classroom (28 years!), I finally entered the work force.
Away from academia and back in the real world, I saw something that scared me. There was a huge disconnect between scientists and the general public. In my eyes, this has been caused by a few different things.
- Science has become extremely focused. For example, instead of experts in human biology, you have experts of one protein and its functions. This makes it harder to convey science in easier to understand terms, and disconnects the general public.
- Scientists have not done a good job at relaying their findings to the public. When you’re fighting for grants, tenure, teaching college classes, and running a research lab, making your research relatable doesn’t seem to be a priority. This is saddening as tax contributions from the general public are what allow for this research to occur.
- The internet has given a voice to unvetted ideas. Scientifically sound notions follow the scientific process and are peer reviewed, something a lot of internet articles lack.
All three have contributed to some scary things like a reduction in vaccination rates and the public’s wariness of sound scientific principles.
Much like the room of requirement (yeah I’m a potter nerd), I wanted a place where together we could marvel at our universe, appreciate science and hopefully learn something new and exciting.
Science Evolved is that community, designed as a place for curious minds to congregate and learn together.
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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.Albert Einstein