The problem with science is … not enough sex!

The problem with science is … not enough sex!

Fact: Katy Perry has 97 million twitter followers, NASA has 22.8 million.  Science is just not sexy enough … sex sells, science not so much.

The problem with science is …  fashion

Challenge: Name three living scientists from different fields – how did you do?  What about 3 reality TV stars?  Enough said eh?

The problem with science is … the baby & its bathwater

A terrorist or 10 identifies with Islam and Muslims worldwide are bullied, persecuted and generally hated upon.  A scientist or 10 mucks up, lies, or takes a bribe and scientists everywhere are persecuted, but worse their communities ideas get thrown on the scrap heap.

The problem with science is … it hasn’t got big enough balls

When faced with Trump & Co and ‘alternative facts’ and other anti-science horrors.

What do we do?

…. not a huge amount…

A minority of us carry a few limp placards around a few city streets and write big worded rants online, preaching to the converted.

The problem with science is … arrogance

Do you expect your plumber to know more about plumbing than you?  Do you call them arrogant when they make it uber clear they do, in fact, know more about plumbing than you?  So why are scientists so often considered arrogant?   I’m open minded  – maybe plumbers are sexier and have better PR … probably in fact.

The problem with science is … it’s a fat Greek

Have you tried reading an academic journal article recently?  My point exactly.  Total horrors at the best of times.  Sometimes it’s even all Greek to me and I am a scientist (or a groupie at least).  Given there are around 2.5 million academic articles published each year – is it any wonder we are struggling to remain relevant, to get our message across?

The problem with Science is … Nazi-Poop

Recently I was ‘arrogant’ enough to make some scientific claims in an online health forum. In actual fact, I was foolish enough to argue that constipation was not likely to be linked to vaccinations.  The response? … well, it seems somehow to be the fault of some Nazi scientists.  The only silver lining is next time I am stuck waiting on the toilet, I can just shrug and say “those damn Nazis! … at it again”.  But seriously how can one use reason as their tool of trade in a discussion where logic and reason is not one of the rules?  How can science defend itself with scientific logic, without logic?

The problem with science is … pseudo-science

According to Webster pseudoscience is “a system of theories, assumptions, and methods erroneously regarded as scientific”.  Just for completeness erroneous is “containing or characterized by error:  mistaken”.   Pseudoscience is the guy in the middle damaging science from more angles than we have time to discuss.

The problem with science is … humans

Human beings are flawed, we are not objective, we are often illogical – yet we constantly claim that we are both.  Then, of course, there is the downright scoundrels, liars and thieves on both sides of the fence.  How can any of us find our way?

The problem with science is … time is running out

Terrifying Fact 1: A University of Sydney study found that just “16 out of 133 children hospitalised in New South Wales between 2007 and 2010 due to complications arising from chicken pox infection had been vaccinated” resulting in underlining concerns that areas of low vaccination rates leave communities vulnerable to outbreaks of serious diseases … aka death and stuff.

Terrifying Fact 2: “The Arctic region may have its first completely ice-free summer by 2040”

 

Please help us help you … save a scientist today!

Please for your own sake and the sake of your great grandchildren, take in a scientist near you, befriend them, teach them what to wear, how to talk in small sensible understandable words, and most importantly how to get followers on social media.

Interesting Links

www.smh.com.au/news/opinion/why-science-is-falling-out-of-fashion/2005/06/23/1119321850799.html

www.cdnsciencepub.com/blog/21st-century-science-overload.aspx

https://ama.com.au/ausmed/child-vaccination-rates-alarmingly-low

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/7-scary-facts-about-climate-change

Get to know a famous scientist or 100

www.famousscientists.org/25-famous-australian-scientists-contributions/

www.famousscientists.org/popular/

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2 Responsesso far.

  1. Erica says:

    Hi Rachel,
    this is a humourous post, and I agree with you that a lot of scientific studies probably don’t get the respect they deserve and that part of it is likely that it’s often hard for scientists to put their research in layman’s terms. Science also doesn’t always seem as exciting as reality TV–although when you think about it, it really is :).

    • wellbeingatworkdr says:

      I totally agree Erica … maybe I need to find some funding to “reality TV” science …. I’ll get a few scientist all made up and crying when they get eliminated for the ideas …. it could have legs lol.

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