Everyone Is Born A Scientist

The Weekend Watch

Our world is threatened, and science can offer hope. From vaccines for COVID to clean energy to combat the climate crisis, we can embrace a future that lessens human suffering and protects our planet. But sadly the rational pursuit of data and knowledge is under assault, a victim of conspiracy theories and misinformation propelled by social media and cynical people who seek power by spreading lies. It is vital that we all do a better job of communicating what science is and what it can mean. We also must encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the ranks of science researchers.

Too many people see science as a world apart and out of reach — a complicated mix of numbers, figures, and hard-to-decipher jargon that frustrated them in school. But science can and should be exciting, the desire to traverse the horizons of knowledge. At our core we are actually all scientists of a sort trying to understand the world in which we live. This was something I discussed a few years back with Dr. Daniel Colón-Ramos, a Yale professor of neuroscience and cell biology as part of a series of interviews called “Conversations in Science” (To see the other installments as well as more short films about science please click here).

Our discussion was far-reaching and I thought you would find it of interest as we as a society and a global community wrestle with the future of science. So I share it today as an installment of our Weekend Watch. As always I appreciate your feedback.

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