Public Speaking

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Because that’s just good speaking. Chris Mooney has a very good post about the civic obligation scientists have to explain their work and its implications to the public. I recommend it highly. But one small part of the post rubbed me the wrong way (italics original; boldtype mine): When it comes to scientific topics, citizens–and…

When Speakers Run Over

In the midst of a very interesting post by Bora about how the web can break apart the echo chamber, I came across this passage (italics mine): As all the speakers went substantially over their allotted times all I had left was seven minutes. Fortunately for me, I had all seven (not 3.5) as the…

David Dobbs asks a really good question about the effect of scientific (scholastic) publishing on communication of science to the public: I want to consider another problem with the paper’s overvaluation: it discourages scientists from engaging the public. How so? Because many seem to think that when they’ve finished the paper, they’ve finished their work.…

Blogging has been kind of off recently, between catching up from vacation and putting together a talk for a seminar; hopefully, things will return to normal soon. On the subject of public speaking, one of my weird talk-related habits is that, after I’ve put together my slides, I’m very nervous about practicing the talk. I…