From the lectures, I can see how important it is for science communicators to know how to use media for science.
In general, you really have to know about the topic before you can tell the stories to someone in an understandable way,
So, to tell the science in an understandable way, I have to know about science before I talk.
However, the question came to my mind:
What is Science?
According to the Oxford dictionary, “science is knowledge about the structure and behavior of the natural and physical world, based on facts that you can prove, for example by experiments.”
In this case, if you cannot prove it by experiments, it is NOT science.
So, even though people believe in something if it cannot be proven by experiments, it is not science. Therefore, God is not science (I am not saying that God does not exist. Many of my great friends believe in God and people actually say “Oh my god” even though they do not believe God.)
There are varieties of subjects related to science, and whatpeople are interested in is different depending in the individual. For example, I am more interested in biology, while my sister is more interested in the stars. I think this is why there are so many types of magazines. Although, are they really talking about science? Isn’t it they just what they claim it to be science so that people pay attention?
Knowing about the audience is also important before you talk about the topic so that you can explain it to them without any jargon, but do I have to tell the audience about topics which grab attention even though I
don’t think they are scientific?
How can I pick the right science topic without worrying too much about my audiences?
Please give me any ideas about what topic count as science and what don’t.
Image: God vs science. The situationist (2008) http://thesituationist.wordpress.com/2008/12/17/the-situation-of-faith-in-god-or-science/god-versus-science-time-magazine-cover/