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What Gives Scientists & Writers Credibility?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:34:21 -0400
Archived: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:34:21 -0400
Subject: What Gives Scientists & Writers Credibility?




Source: NewScientist.Com

28 October 2011

http://tinyurl.com/3nr45yx


What Gives Scientists =96 And Writers =96 Credibility?
Kat Austen, CultureLab editor

You know those random conversations you strike up with
strangers? I remember one from years ago, with a guy on a train
from London to Cambridge, where we started talking about life-
logging. It turned out he was a psychologist, working in the
research department at Microsoft on the precursor to the
SenseCam.

The technology was in its early days, and he was telling me
about how being shown photos of the previous day's activities
can help people recollect in different ways. It's intuitive, but
being told it by a chap at Microsoft Research added the gravitas
needed to move it from =93common sense=94 to =93information=94. His
position there gave him credibility.

Employment at a recognised institution can do that for a
scientist. In fact, these days, it's almost requisite. And, as I
learned this week at the Festival of Ideas, hosted by the
University of Cambridge, it is increasingly important for people
who write about science too.

The session, INcredible: Stories in Science, explored not only
how scientists gain, maintain and lose credibility, but also how
that kind of credibility translates over into writing about
science and scientists.


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