Friday, January 27, 2012

snapshots of Science Cafe

It's a good thing we showed up early. There were only a handful of seats left at the Ironwood Stage and Grill, when we made our way down for a star-studded evening of Science Cafe.

This wasn't entirely unexpected. Jay Ingram is, after all, pretty much a rock star in the science media. His discussion with Valerie Sim, a neurologist specializing in prion research, about the pitfalls of reporting science data in the popular media, promised to be riveting.

And riveting it was:

- only 15% of a science show like Daily Planet is actually science

- "people make up their minds about controversial science, not based on data, but on social and cultural beliefs of groups to which they already belong" - Jay Ingram

in a five minute story on a science show like Daily Planet, two of those five minutes are spent setting the context

- "when you have been a host as long as I have, you keep forgetting that this isn't your show" - Jay Ingram, on muscling in on hosting duties

- "I just wear layers" - Valerie Sim, on climate change

- "I think we're in this situation: in the past, policy was shaped by science, now science is
shaped by policy" - Jay Ingram

- "every time you put a filter between you and the audience, you diminish the impact." - Jay Ingram

- "when you first start to interview you learn not to ask two questions at once, because the interviewee gets to choose which one to answer. Which I am going to do right now." - Jay Ingram


Allison said...

Sounds like an enlightening and entertaining evening!

Karen said...

What a great way to spend the evening. You always find the most interesting events to attend!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It was both, Al! I'll definitely attend again.

I'm just happy that someone keeps dreaming up all these great events for me to attend, Karen.

Anonymous said...

that's one of the advantages of living in a major city that I miss

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's one of the reason that I need to live in a city, Kelly.