Good read on the issue facing the public perception of science and scientists. Reminds me of friends/family who capitulate to not understanding my work without any attempt. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’m a bearded white male with glasses, much like the stereotype…
Michael Brooks writes at Wired Science:
To many – too many – science is something like North Korea. Not only is it impossible to read or understand anything that comes out of that place, there are so many cultural differences that it’s barely worth trying. It’s easier just to let them get on with their lives while you get on with yours; as long as they don’t take our jobs or attack our way of life, we’ll leave them in peace.
We’ve disconnected the image of the scientist too far from the reality of the scientist. Our creative sides, our individualism, our addiction to the feeling of wonder, our pure love for knowledge … replaced in the minds of the public with (men only) white coats, bald heads, and maniacal intentions.
It’s a good read for anyone in science who wants to know how to change the equation. It’s a must-read for those outside of science who want to know what we’re really like.
Because the stereotype is way off. Some of us are dudes in cool shirts with sunglasses on and maybe even a penchant to take dramatic pictures with things written on our hands.
Also seems like a good time for everyone to revisit This Is What A Scientist Looks Like.
(via Wired Science)