During my undergraduate studies I was shocked at the low opinion some of my professors had of the astronomer Carl Sagan. For me his efforts to popularize science were an inspiration, but for them such “outreach” was a diversion. That view makes no sense today.
The enthusiasm and generous spirit that Mr. Sagan used to advocate for science now must inspire all of us. There are science Twitter feeds and blogs to run, citywide science festivals and high school science fairs that need input. For the civic-minded nonscientists there are school board curriculum meetings and long-term climate response plans that cry out for the participation of informed citizens. And for every parent and grandparent there is the opportunity to make a few more trips to the science museum with your children.
From a recent New York Times editorial by a college professor. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/opinion/welcome-to-the-age-of-denial.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1&
- A heartening pro-science article? Not really. (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)