The report said 85 percent of science association members surveyed said public ignorance of science was a major problem. And by large margins they deride as only “fair” or “poor” the coverage of science by newspapers and television.
Only 3 percent of the scientists said they “often” spoke to reporters.
In a telephone news conference announcing the survey, Alan I. Leshner, chief executive of the science association, said scientists must find new ways to engage with the public.
“One cannot just exhort ‘we all agree you should agree with us,’ ” Mr. Leshner said. “It’s a much more interactive process that’s involved. It’s time consuming and can be tedious. But it’s very important.”
Hmmm. The head of the most important science organization in the country, if not the world, starts from the premise that educating and interacting with the public about science is time consuming and “can be tedious.” I can’t imagine why so much of the citizenry knows and cares so little about what we do. Can you?