From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:34:21 -0400 Archived: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:34:21 -0400 Subject: What Gives Scientists & Writers Credibility? Source: NewScientist.Com 28 October 2011 http://tinyurl.com/3nr45yx What Gives Scientists =96 And Writers =96 Credibility? Kat Austen, CultureLab editor You know those random conversations you strike up with strangers? I remember one from years ago, with a guy on a train from London to Cambridge, where we started talking about life- logging. It turned out he was a psychologist, working in the research department at Microsoft on the precursor to the SenseCam. The technology was in its early days, and he was telling me about how being shown photos of the previous day's activities can help people recollect in different ways. It's intuitive, but being told it by a chap at Microsoft Research added the gravitas needed to move it from =93common sense=94 to =93information=94. His position there gave him credibility. Employment at a recognised institution can do that for a scientist. In fact, these days, it's almost requisite. And, as I learned this week at the Festival of Ideas, hosted by the University of Cambridge, it is increasingly important for people who write about science too. The session, INcredible: Stories in Science, explored not only how scientists gain, maintain and lose credibility, but also how that kind of credibility translates over into writing about science and scientists. [More at site...] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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