So, what does your mind conjure up when you think of a scientist? I’m going to take a long shot and guess it involves a white lab coat and a test tube, possibly with a nerdy faced, I-live-on-pringles-lemonade-and-masturbation-type-looking male.
But we all know this just isn’t true now, don’t we? So how can we change public perception and banish the lab coat stereotype once and for all?
Stephen Curry, a popular science blogger, suggests that people perceive scientists as overly clever, and thus unrelatable to your average Jo or Jane. This is understandable when we think about how Scientists arte perceived in the Media. When Scientists are in the media, it is almost always only to air their advice or explain a situation. They need to speak with an air of authority to be believable, so it’s understandable that people would view them as cold, authoritative robots. In an effort to show the public that scientists are in fact normal, accesible people, Stephen Fry made the 26 minute film clip below, titled “I’m a Scientist: The Film”.
I enjoy parodies such as this one below from Hungry Beast, as they show that Scientists have a healthy sense of humour.
What do you think the benefits to Science could be if the public found Scientists more relatable?