Re: Popular(izing) Science

From: Michael B. Hubbard (
Date: Thu Feb 08 2001 - 19:33:33 MST

This is an area I've been giving thought to for quite a while. One thing
I've done to approach both the problem of popularizing Extropian ideas and
the problem of sharpening my own presentation skills has been joining
Toastmasters. Our club has about 25 members, which means that each of us has
the chance to make a presentation about every two months. There are also
chances at each meeting to speak extemporaneously for a minute or two on
whatever subject the topics master finds to ask you. I've found the group
useful, and have managed to incorporate Extropian themes into almost
everything that has come out of my mouth in the meetings. I'd recommend it
for anyone interested in sharpening their speaking, and for anyone trying to
spread the meme.


----- Original Message <condensed>-----
From: "Josh Martin" <>

> It has been written (by Greg Burch) :
> >
> > >...a Carl Sagan seems to come along all
> > > too rarely.
> To which Barbara Lamar responded:
> >
> > OTOH, long as you're still alive, it's never too late to start learning
> > communications skills.
> >
> > > The simple facts are that the kinds of people who are drawn into
> > > scientific
> > > and technical fields tend to be TERRIBLE communicators in the way
> > > needed to
> > > have an impact on the culture at large.
> >
> > I wonder why this is. Wish we could talk about this on the list and
> > it out. It hasn't always been so.
> > Barbara
> >

> I know that there are people on this list who are good writers and
> communicators. For me, and those like me, please share your thoughts and
> resources on how we can better communicate our visions.
> Josh Martin

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