It’s been wonderful to read commentary and reactions to Unscientific America around the web and in print and discuss the book with readers and friends. Still, the attention from my own town has meant the most. IndyWeek already ran their review, and today I was thrilled to see The Herald-Sun. I just love the research triangle. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s easy to look now at the Obama administration and feel encouraged that there are beards back in the White House,” Kirshenbaum said recently, before heading off to Washington, D.C., to speak at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress. “But there’s still a rift between the world of science and the rest of society, and there’s a danger for those of us who care about science becoming complacent. Science, unfortunately, has become such a partisan, controversial issue, the situation is not going to change just because there’s a new administration in power.”
Whoever is in power, Kirshenbaum pointed out, scientists need to communicate better and science needs to take a more prominent role in education and public discourse.
Her claims are buttressed by the latest report from the Pew Research Center, which finds that 85 percent of scientists themselves see the public’s lack of scientific knowledge as a major problem for science.