by Judith Curry
The previous thread has gotten long, and has wandered off topic. Lets focus the discussion on this thread on some of the interesting ideas that are being discussed on the previous thread, including the following:
- how should the issues surrounding climate change (science and policy) be communicated to a public that for the most part cannot grasp the details of the scientific argument?
- given that most of this is about policy, is communication even the right word? Is engagement a better word?
- “The 16th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP16) on Saturday reached its first consensus by approving a proposal on education, training and consciousness as part of efforts to mitigate climate change.” link Reactions? Suggestions?
- what should/could the roles of the mainstream media and blogs be in education/engagement?
- much of the education/communication on this topic seems targeted at “changing minds” in terms of behavior and policy support. If this is the case, then I would define this as indoctrination, thoughts?
- some very interesting ideas about broader educational issues were raised. Is there a deficit in our current educational system regarding reasoning and critical thinking? How important is this relative to the other “basics” that are taught?
- lets hear more from David Wojcik about his research on the U.S. educational system, sounds like I for one have a lot of preconceived notions that aren’t consistent with his findings.
- and finally, how can the blogosphere help this process of education and engagement? “you only start learning when you can teach”
In closing, an excerpt from Nullius in Verba, which reminds us of what has to be the foundation of education/communication/engagement:
Stand up for the principles of science; education, scepticism, openness, tolerance, integrity. Use Feynman-like honesty about the limits of our knowledge, even if it has bad consequences for funding or our political preferences. Teach by example. Let truth and falsehood grapple in free and open encounter. That’s surely what Science is all about.
Moderation: this thread will be moderated for relevance. Keep discussions about WUWT and the discussion with Derecho64 on the previous thread.