29 July 2008

Science as storytelling


Photo from the Radiolab blog.
This week's podcast from Radiolab is co-host Robert Krulwich's commencement address to the class of 2008 at the California Institute of Technology. It's a rousing call for scientists to put in the effort to talk about science to non-scientists, and how to use stories to do it. Because, says Krulwich, science is valuable:
But somewhere in that nightmare of work [leading up to graduation] you may have noticed that your teachers were giving you more than tension headaches. They were giving you values. A deep respect for curiosity. For doubt, always doubt. For open-mindedness. For going wherever the data leads, no matter how uncomfortable.
But that doesn't do it justice. Go listen to the whole thing. Now.

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