Professor Ian Chubb is Australia’s “Chief Scientist”. He’s a very accomplished and highly decorated science vet with an earned Oxford DPhil and 4 honorary doctorates in his collection. He was recently a panellist on ABC’s flagship current affairs program QandA, along with a number of other science gurus. I love science and this was a wonderfully stimulating program.
One of the questions put to the panel was “Does science have a marketing problem?” Ian’s exact words of response, “Yes, science does have a marketing problem.” There is evidence of science’s failure all around us. We have political leaders who still fail to recognise the possibility of anthropogenic climate change. We have some believers calling for Creationism to be taught in schools. (Actually, I’m OK about that, as long as it’s in an RE class, not in the science curriculum.) The numbers studying science at advanced levels in schools have been declining for some years, and enrolments in university science degrees are alarmingly, well, alarming. Science can give us answers about why the world is as it is. Science will deliver solutions to many of the world’s material problems, and more importantly science liberates peoples around the world from ignorance and fear.