Posted by: r.m. | October 11, 2011

how you talk…how you write..

Yes – communication, communication, communication.

Another reason why climate change skeptics are winning the public [particularly in the US and Europe] –

“Part of the problem, he said, was that the climate sceptic lobby employed communications professionals, whereas “scientists are just barely competent at communicating with the public and don’t have the wherewithal to do it.”

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  1. I completely agree! The problem has to deal with the education that scientists obtain. There is no focus whatsoever on communication skills because their courses are packed with so much information that there isn’t enough time for any communication skills to be involved. Just compare the education of a scientist to that of a history major. The number of essays and public speaking (via presentations) that are required show a huge difference.

    There are courses that try to integrate public speaking and communication skills but they are met with complaints and nagging… just like the philosophy courses and english courses that we have to take.

    But communication takes two. The audience looks at a scientist and directly assume that they won’t understand anything. When the topic is something like climate change which is posing a huge threat to the humanity as we know it, the public are somewhat hesitant or even fearful to understand what the scientists are trying to convey.

  2. Since school and even now, the vast majority of science teachers have been bad with languages and with communication. You would think that everyone who studies science has to let go every other aspect. But no one can succeed without being skilled in all aspects. Even if you studied so much or you have discovered the greatest discovery of all time, it is absolutely meaningless if you can’t explain it appropriately.


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