We live in a hyper-partisan world and we have access to limitless amounts of information. When it comes to complex science topics, that can be a toxic combination. We find websites that confirm our beliefs and attack people who think differently--and we don’t seem especially interested in scrutinizing our own opinions.
Fortunately, scientists are beginning to reach out to the public to help us correct our scientific misunderstandings. Today I’m talking with one such expert.
Dr Cami Ryan is the Social Sciences Lead with Monsanto Company. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests range from social network analysis to the influence of online activism on public perceptions, policy and markets.
On this episode of the show, Cami and I discuss the importance of storytelling in science communication, the controversy around genetic engineering and why "the food babe" blocked her on Twitter.
Cami Ryan's Website. Follow her on Twitter.
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