Henry Gee over at the Guardian has written a very important point about the public’s perception of science:
I see this daily on forums of various kinds where people argue about science as if were an arbiter of absolute truth, even though those people arguing about it are not, nor ever have been scientists themselves. Some of this is arguably the fault of the press in past decades, where reporters would write about what scientists said as if they had discovered something irrefutable and neglected to include the limitations of the results of any research. Additionally, some of the blame goes towards school education that doesn’t emphasise the limits of human understanding of many things taught.
The full article can be found here: