RE: Popular(izing) Science

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 23:16:00 MST

At 12:02 AM 10/02/01 -0600, Barbara Lamar wrote:

>Greg Burch recently commented that most scientists are not good at
>communicating. I wonder if this is because of the sort of training they've
>had, or if it's because the ability of a brain to function "scientifically"
>generally precludes the ability to communicate well in the usual manner.

Training has a lot to do with it, especially recently (over the last
century). The scientific literature in the 19th century was a lot less
spuriously objective and passive-voiced than today's journals insist upon.
Here's another bit of ARCHITECTURE OF BABEL, probably the segment I should
have post originally:


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