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https://slate.com/technology/2017/04/explaining-science-wont-fix-information-illiteracy.html

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Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things. It Won't.
If you consider yourself to have even a passing familiarity with science, you likely find yourself in a state of disbelief as the president of the United States calls climate scientists " hoaxsters" and pushes conspiracy theories about vaccines. The Trump administration seems practically allergic to evidence.

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Explaining Science

Explaining Science

There is a lot of misinformation about scientific knowledge among the general public. Scientists assume that by explaining science to people they can inform the defend science from public misinform...

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Science Literacy

Studies prove that merely increasing science literacy straightforwardly is not going to change mindsets. Simply knowing more and lecturing about it is not going to convince the audience.

Scie...

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Communicating about Science

Strategy and rhetorician skills need to be deployed, as merely lecturing like a university professor isn't going to do any good: 

  • Simply explaining science does not tell the audien...

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