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‘The spread of ignorance’

A recent article about the ‘spread of ignorance’ has prompted me to go back once again to the theme of balance.

Science historian Robert Proctor points out that ignorance can be promoted in the name of a balanced debate. The tobacco industry and climate change deniers have used ‘experts disagree’ to paint a false picture.  Continue reading


Bias, advocacy and communications

Two articles have just caught my attention, about the challenges of communicating science and its policy implications. Firstly, Susan MacMillan has written about advocacy communications.

Many science communicators (professional or otherwise) find themselves advocating particular positions, and we probably don’t stop to think about the implications. In fact, if advocacy is our specific objective, we can ask ourselves whether it’s appropriate and how we will achieve it. Continue reading