“Science is often flawed” is the first half of the title of an article by Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman of Vox.com. Lately, it feels like there are lots of articles pointing out that science is flawed and scientists are too. The stem cell and regenerative medicine world is certainly not immune to this controversy.
It must be very discouraging for scientists to feel that public opinion is not on their side. But it’s more than just a popularity issue. If science is not seen as credible and scientists are not respected, funding and public/philanthropic donations could be diverted away from science, affecting their ability to conduct research. Even worse, important science findings may never get translated into policy because of these misgivings, and that would have a significant impact on society.
Perhaps that’s why there are several hashtags on Twitter to boost the morale of scientists and increase their popularity with the public. I’m thinking of #IAmAScientistBecause, #Ilovescience and its cousin, #Ilovesciencebecause.
There is also this wonderful Taylor Swift parody video from the AsapScience team, with over one million hits, that explains why science is awesome. Make yourself feel better and watch this video.
Does trust in science need restoring? Share your thoughts below.
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