Science Communication – a Boon or Bane?

Science has made tremendous progress and we may be called as a mixed blessing as it made our life peaceful, safer and comfortable than that of our ancestor.

Science Communication – a Boon or Bane?We have conquered time and space and have tamed all the forces of nature, in fact risen from lower position of caveman to the highest position of spacemen. Thus, the frequent use of scientific method has helped humans in solving problems related to health, medical equipment production and preservation of food and most important improvements in our means of communication.

In my perspective, the most significant effect of scientific inventions and investigations is on human mind and manners. Now we have become more critical and realistic in our attitudes and aptitudes than our forefathers. Mysterious happenings and supernatural events do not attract our attention now. We believe only such things are based on facts not on sounds. So superstitions are losing ground and blind faith is being discarded.

But this is the only bright sight of picture, we cannot ignore the darker and dismal aspects of science that somehow destroys our civilization and human life. Man’s urge for authority and his desire to gain control over his fellow-men have compelled him to turn this boon into a bane.

As, the major interference in destroying the civilization is lack of Science communication among a lay person and is going deeper than misinformation. An inclusive communication breach exists between the scientific and the non-scientific community. The decisive result is miscommunication of science.

A lay person is not aware of the new research work in the ever-evolving topics. The science communication failure is clear and its need of time to solve this growing public outreach issue. For this public outreach, the science community should take the responsibility of an accurate depiction of science to the non-scientific community.

If a scientist communicates effectively, without considering himself at a higher position then s/he understands the reason of scientific communication that might not get across. The scientific knowledge needs resistance as in the instance of global warming, natural selection like big bang theory, social, economic and more significant in the today’s looming circumstance of anti‐vaccine movements.

In my opinion, one of the reasons of non-communication is also the means of scientific communication. May be the scientific community is lacking in educating the young mindsets, sharing of information at precise platform, admiration of scientific research, ethical and critical brainstorming for future endeavors and most vital the awareness campaigns related to embryonic science topics.

We often see that when the scientists share their research publications results among the reviewed journals it directly opens a platform for the budding researchers to appraise the findings themselves whilst provides guidelines so that other researchers can reprise the experiment or build on it to validate and endorse the results.

It’s pertinent to mention here that it’s not all the fault of scientific community “effective science communication” is a two way process that not only help the public outreach but also develop an attitude of open-mindedness.

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