"Do Scientists Understand the Public?"

"The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (two AAAS’s) hosted a seminar in Washington DC on June 29 to unveil a new initiative to understand the knowledge gap between scientists and the public, and how it relates to associated public policy conflicts. Science writer Chris Mooney began by saying, 'The study is driven by a sense that there is something not quite right, not quite healthy, about the relationship between scientists and the public.'

Unlike the traditional 'deficit' model of public scientific knowledge—the notion that more science education is the antidote to public ignorance — this effort asked a new question: do scientists understand the public?"

Alexa Jay reports for Climate Science Watch June 30, 2010.


"Climate Science: an Erosion of Trust?" (Nature News)

"Apparently you can write an entire article on how the public doesn’t get climate science without mentioning the disinformation campaign or the media’s failings" (Climate Progress)

"What if the Public Had Perfect Climate Information?" (Dot Earth)

"Sorting Myth and Reality in Climate Policy" (Dot Earth)

"Scientists From Mars Face Public From Venus" (Dot Earth)

"Do Scientists Understand the Public?" (The Intersection)

"Do Scientists Understand the Public, Cont." (The Intersection)

"A Cruel Climate Hoax Perpetrated On Texas Fourth Grader in Name of NSF" (Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media)

"'Sorry' State of Affairs: Climate Scientists Collecting Official Apologies from Attackers" (SolveCimate)

"Why Are Climate Scientists Losing the American Public?" (Post Partisan)

Source: Climate Science Watch, 07/01/2010