The prize of smugness for anyone who can correctly guess which event caused a friend to text me this last year.
I spent an evening earlier this month doing some public engagement about public engagement. Or, talking about scientific literacy in a pub in Bloomsbury as part of the regular “Big Ideas” debates. If you don’t mind the sound of a load of pub chairs moving around, here’s a podcast.
It’s pretty similar to the stuff I covered for the BBC last summer but with added Boris Johnson and much longer (and better) Q&As at the end. Especially good first question from a chap who works for a biomedical charity.
A visitor’s view on energy policy spins around a giant wheel shaped piece of art at the front of the London Science Museum.
I was on Radio 4 last night talking about why I don’t think calls for scientific literacy are the way to solve problems of science in society.
It’s fifteen minutes long. You can listen on iPlayer or you can download it as a podcast (which also comes with some bonus Q&A at the end) and there is a shorter, text based version on the BBC News site.
As I hope I made clear in the podcast, I’m all for people learning more about the world. I just don’t think you can train people up with a basic tool kit of science and then say those people are all set to manage modern life. I think that tackles the problem the wrong way around. It also reduces science to something smaller, blander and less intricate than it is.
Listen to the piece if you want to know more. If you want to argue about it, the comment thread below is open.