What Have You Changed Your Mind About? Why?
Every year, the science website Edge has an annual question, which is answered by scientists, philosophers and thinkers. I really like their question from 2008, and I was curious what the G+ world had as a response. Here is the question in full:
When thinking changes your mind, that’s philosophy
When God changes your mind, that’s faith
When facts change your mind, that’s science
What have you changed your mind about? Why?
Science is based on evidence. What happens when the data change? How have scientific findings or arguments changed your mind?
For me, the biggest thing I’ve changed my mind about would be how we report scientific findings. I used to be neutral about the whole Open Access debate. Now? I am fully supportive of efforts to make scientific research accessible to the public. It’s more important than ever that we have a scientifically literate society, and we cannot have that if scientists hide in their ivory towers, and research findings trickle down through dumbed-down, misrepresented, sensationalized segments and articles through the mainstream media. Scientists must engage with the public and the wonderful journey of discovery that is science must be shared.
What about you? What have you changed your mind about? Why?
Be sure to join the discussion on Google+.
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You can read the responses to this question from the Edge contributors here