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Another old favorite history of science image to encourage anyone at Scio13 to come to Dr. Skyskull's and my uses of the past session at 2:30 this afternoon:
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As background reading for the talking science to those who don't like/don't know they care about science...Brulle, Carmichael and Jenkins, “Shifting public opinions on climate change…” Climatic Change,  2012.

Significance? If the goal of communicating science is to affect civic debate/public policy, we need to think about who the appropriate audience might be.  It may not be a mass or general audience....

(image:  J. W. M. Turner, "Storm at Sea" undated -- at least at Wikimedia Commons.)
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Teasing:  Dr. Skyskull and I will lead a session this afternoon at Science Online 2013 on how to use the history of science in writing contemporary stories.

So -- as a provocation, here's an image-metaphor for one of the big stories of the  year that gained much from historical perspective:
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Powerful "metalphor," +Tom Levenson! My first glance at the photo's image-meanings reference the doings of 2016 and their impacts on science and its writings – the image best represents the wrecking yard of this year's election. Beyond the individual car wrecks and abandonments, the picture illustrates the dismal collision of post-truthers crashing into scientific methods and science-based policy setting. Hopefully, recycling and reclamation of facts fit into the political narrative. I appreciated reading your +The Boston Globe story in defense of these values: bostonglobe.com - Let’s waste more money on science - The Boston Globe
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