Friday, January 27, 2012

Time to End the squeaky-clean image of science

Time to End the squeaky-clean image of science

Since WWII there has been a huge PR effort to make science look absolutely squeaky-clean. After WWII produced atom bombs, V2 rockets, experiments carried out on prisoner in Nazi concentration camps and Japanese POW camps, science looked scary and so a PR campaign was started on both sides of the Atlantic

This PR effort led to the introverted nerdy stereotype of scientists mading science to look dull and inhuman and definitely not fun. This has actually scared many teenagers away from science who did not want to be seen as nerds or boring. As a result it is time reintroduce the humanity side of science, including it flaws and in trigs. This will go a long way to making it look interesting again.

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