The importance of good science communication is tantamount to a stronger “world democracy.” This allows more individuals to gain knowledge which contributes to their eventual freedom from tyranny and hate.

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In this week’s Friday Phenomenon over on BIG-chat, Erin asked us to write fifty words or fewer on the importance of doing good science communication, as might be addressed to a university-based researcher.

Here’s my entry, in 50 words exactly:

Put yourself in the place of “the public”. In fact, when it comes to most science that isn’t your own field, you are the public. How would you like it if experts in other fields were bad at communicating their science? Treat others as you would like to be treated.

I threw this together very quickly, so I haven’t thought it through particularly thoroughly. So I thought I would expand a little on here.

The point I want to make here is quite distinct from all those (equally valid and necessary) arguments about the economic value of science, researchers’ own personal interest in public engagement, and fulfilling funding requirements. Quite…

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