Category Archives: Arts & Humanities

A First-Hand Perspective

Google’s Science Communication Fellows Confronting the ‘Paradox of Progress’

The ‘paradox of progress’ illustrated by climate change prompts a first-hand participant in a recent Google fellowship program to ponder how best to combine scientific and technological advances with improved public understanding for the benefit of society overall.

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Making Climate Change Fun and Funny: Why Do It? For One Thing, Get Folks ‘Into the Room’

Is comedy on climate change an antidote to the obstacles impeding improved public understanding?  For one thing, it can get people otherwise not inclined “into the room,” says stand-up comedian Yoram Bauman of Seattle, who points also to other advantages.

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Bjorn Yesterday … Bjorn Tomorrow?

A Critical Review of Bjorn Lomborg’s Cool It … and of Media ‘Complicity’ in Climate Contrarianism

As an engaging and charismatic communicator, Bjorn Lomborg has few peers addressing climate change. But an analysis of his Cool It documentary, now available on dvd, documents long-standing shortcomings reporters should consider so stories of personal courage and conviction don’t [...]

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Climate Change Through the Eyes and Wit of Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’

Jon Stewart’s highly regarded Comedy Central false-news program, “The Daily Show,” is no stranger to climate change.  But along with the humor and wit, there are times when a bit more scientific rigor might help inform his important audience.

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Novelists Try Climate Change Story Telling: A Critical Review of Two Recent Entries

Wanted:  Climate change-based novels with a strong dose of story, vivid character development, a strong theme, and setting or atmosphere. Climate change focus alone may not be sufficient.

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Incremental? Yes. But A Growing Role for Social Sciences in Climate Change Dialog

No more assuming that scientific data alone will carry the day with the public and its policymakers. The continuing climate change polarization shows more of the same approach won’t work. Michigan Professor Andrew Hoffman insists that social scientists increasingly need [...]

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Academy Draws Scientists, Artists to Hollywood for ‘Summit’ on Science Education

LOS ANGELES, CA — “After a winter like this, how can you believe in global warming?” … “Climate change? Earth’s climate has always changed. Temperatures go up, temperatures go down.” … “Doesn’t the sun have something to do with it [...]

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