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Austin Forum: Unscientific America (not a CFI Austin event)

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Sheril Kirshenbaum will present "Unscientific America"

The vast majority of Americans do not see the ways in which science holds relevance in their lives, and too many scientists are unable to explain why our work matters. Meanwhile, partisan politics, a new media environment, and religious ideologies have magnified the growing rift between science and mainstream American culture. Science should be a value shared by all, but it will take far more than political will to bridge what C.P. Snow once described as a “vast gulf of mutual incomprehension” between scientists and everyone else. The scientific community must find new ways of reaching out or we will fail to influence the public, inform the decision-making process, and rise to meet the greatest challenges of the 21st century.

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  • Reynard W.

    I was impressed with the quality of folks who showed up. Enthusiastic and amusing. Very well done presentation by Sheril Kirshenbaum. I did not come to be entertained, but to be informed about reaching the public as to what is going on in the sciences today. She met that goal.

    July 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am unable to RSVP through the link that is given here. Is there another means to RSVP this event?

    July 2, 2013

    • Steve B.

      They don't really seem to pay a lot of attention to the RSVPs, so I see no problem if you just show up. They have some food available, if you go early.

      July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I add to your question, Reynard: how do we mitigate the effects of persons in political power who, for all intents and purposes, live in a world of their own construction but whose actions negatively affect those of us in reality?

    July 1, 2013

  • Reynard W.

    Indeed, how do we reach the people who reject the proofs of careful observation and thus the evidence found in all reality? We have little time left to correct and improve our environment. To quote Sophocles: "Alas for the seed of man, for those generations that exist yet do not exist..."

    June 25, 2013

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