Don’t Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson

30 05 2009

Here’s a Book that I’m looking forward to reading titled, Don’t Be Such a Scientist. The title itself didn’t sound so appealing, until I read the article on Randy Olson is advising scientists to be less of a scientist when communicating with the non-scientific community.

Introduction – The need for a new approach to science communication in an age of information overload. In the words of communication theorist Richard Lanham (”The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information,” 2007), “style and substance, and our expectations for them, have changed places.” It’s not about “dumbing down,” it’s about using style as a means of communicating substance.

Myself, as a person who is a scientist by day and one who enjoys the creative side of life by night, am very intrigued by this notion. (Not because someone has decided to write a book, mind you). It has always been an independent thought of mine that science needs to break out of it’s own niche and communicate better with the outside world. It’s the only way to effectively apply the theories and research to the world at large. And hopefully inspire budding scientists to get involved and see that science does in fact take creativity. When I was a child, I was turned off of science because I much preferred to draw colorful pictures of the things I saw around me rather than investigate the how’s and why’s of the things around me. Anyway, the book comes out in September, and I look forward to reading it. I’ve just recently begun to start reading about all of this stuff. I never realized that people were writing books about all these things that I’ve always thought about.


Australian “Curry Bashing”

30 05 2009

The Times of India reports on “Curry Bashing” in Australia:

There is growing anger among the Indian student community in both the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne over the latest incidents of curry-bashing.

”That is what it is called in local lingo: let’s go curry bashing which means assaulting and robbing an Indian. The phenomenon is hugely disturbing,” says Dr Yadu Singh, a Sydney-based cardiologist who heads a committee formed by Indian consulate to look after the interests of Indian students in Australia.

Singh said there had been at least 20 bashings of Indian students in Sydney in the past month, but most went unreported. ”Students stay silent because they are worried that a police report will jeopardise their chances of getting Permanent Residency.”

Why are the Australians racist towards Indians? What makes Indians easy targets in Australia? As far as I know, the American Midwest is rather tolerant, accepting, and even curious about Indian culture. But I can only speak for myself.

I will possibly have more to say later, as I read up on this subject some more.

May 31st update: Amitabh Bachchan Weighs in on “Curry Bashing”

dushoom, a definition

27 05 2009

Main entry: 1. dushoom

Pronunciation: \doo-shoom\

Function: sound effect

Etymology: every classic Bollywood film

1. fist fighting sound heard unsparingly throughout classic Bollywood films