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Science Is Not Irreducibly Complex : Uncertain Principles
Science, at least the online corner of it, seems to me to be unique in the insistence that the subject can't possibly be condensed, and that it's unreasonable to even suggest that it might. There's this persistent image of science as a noble and pure pursuit that can't be sullied with trivial concerns like keeping stories about it to a reasonable length, or compressing the key points down to elevator pitch length. Whenever the subject comes up-- pretty much any time Chris Mooney says anything-- the discussion runs smack into a stubborn insistence that science is irreducibly complex, that it can't possibly be broken down into a format that fits the journalistic style.

This is, of course, nonsense,
science  communication  public  media  journalism  story-telling  complexity 
december 2010 by tsuomela
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