Fairbanks, Alaska (April 26, 2011) – A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist has launched a National Science Foundation-supported website, Frontier Scientists, to connect Alaska field scientists with those curious about Arctic discoveries.Frontier Scientists shares first-person accounts and real time insights from leading archeologists, grizzly bear biologists, volcanologists, climate change specialists and other scientists.The site features fascinating footage of current scientific discoveries in some of the Arctic’s most remote and dramatic landscapes, chronicled in short vodcasts, Twitter feeds, blogs and web reports. The research is organized into six categories:
• Cook Inlet Volcanoes
• Alutiiq Weavers
• Climate Change Watch
I believe scientists share blame for the decline in thinking abilities in the US. They have often been so preoccupied with getting and spending their research money, that, with a few exceptions, they haven't taken responsibility for making sure our schools teach our children to be competent to think like scientists think when appropriate, or even just to understand what scientists do. Things like:
- basic thinking skills that people of a democracy need to make good election choices,
- ability to understand what science and theories are and can and cannot do,
- understanding the complexity of the world and seeking 'truth'
- understanding the differences between scientific and emotional truths, and
- how to spot rhetorical fallacies.
So, it's good to see even little efforts such as this new website and hope that it makes a small contribution to recovering some of those lost to simplistic black and white, good and evil narratives of the world.