It’s been 30 years since Edward Tufte convinced designers that the visual display of quantitative information mattered. We illustrate evidence to promote understanding, but our choices to express science have changed. The pervasiveness of technology in our lives generates volumes of data. Increasingly, scientists and researchers make extensible versions of their datasets available. Crowdsourcing projects generate additional data sources. The result is a new diction to distinguish fact from fiction.We used to rely on science writers and designers to translate impenetrable academic and scientific studies. Today, citizens and academics alike have accessible ways to visualize information. Is that enough? Communicating about science requires balancing competing interests with conflicting evidence. The craft of science communication will evolve with new technology and the ways we decipher the political, social and economic context of available evidence will be increasingly critical. Listen here
Are we surrendering our ability to nurture growth and positive development based on a science of limitation, an alleged nature?
GENES SHOULD NOT BECOME THE MEMES OF DISCRIMINATION
We should strive for a more encompassing, systems-based epigenetic perspective.
I was recently interviewed in the Thought As Progresspodcast to discuss the parallels between GENOCENTRIC views and PREJUDICE. If you are interested, please check it out.
In the words of Susan Wolfe,
“The current explosion of genetic knowledge and the rapid proliferation of genetic tests has rightly provoked concern that we are approaching a future in which people will be labeled and disadvantaged based on genetic information. Indeed, some have already suffered harm, [exemplified by] the denial of health insurance…Too much discussion of genetic disadvantage proceeds as if scholars of race and gender had not spent decades critiquing and developing anti-discrimination theory.”
The techno-optimist Jason Silva has been bringing the world his “cinematic philosophical shots of espresso,” presenting complex information (typically in reference to science and technology) in a exquisitely appealing fashion.
Marshall McLuhan once suggested, “the medium is the message.” Jason Silva embodies this idea through his this videos. The self-proclaimed “filmmaker,” “futurist,” and “epiphany addict,” captivates the most skeptic of viewers with his high quality mash-ups, boundless enthusiasm and passionate delivery. This video is one of my favorites, though I highly recommend you check out his others as well.