About

We are a group of budding scientists and science-enthusiasts dedicated to open dialogue about science communication and ethics in science.

Our mission is two-fold:

  1. Remind ourselves that science is a question-driven, process-focused field of thought
    • Many people (at least in the U.S.) learn science as a static, answer-focused discipline, which robs us of many brilliant scientists and misleads the public about the context and significance of scientific findings
    • The scientific method relies on researchers from all over the world with different biases attempting to falsify each other’s studies. The facts that hold up to rigorous scrutiny over time are kept. Those that repeatedly fail replication are rejected
    • Science is arguably the only discipline that actively embraces comfort with uncertainty. When we do not have enough reliable evidence, we must resist the urge to claim knowledge over the unknown. All we can do is hypothesize and study, moving slowly through the slog of scientific inquiry until we have enough evidence
  2. Remind ourselves that the history of what we call “modern-science” is intertwined with the history of race-based slavery, European colonialism, misogyny, and for-profit motives
    • An a-historical denial of atrocities is unscientific and makes science an exclusive and elitist field, which it isn’t in principle and should not be in practice
    • This DOES NOT mean that the scientific method itself or the process of scientific inquiry are invalid. In fact, it is not even European in origin, but has its roots in thinkers of all places dating back thousands of years
    • This DOES MEAN, however, that we must recognize and address the harms done by generations of European scientists to indigenous populations throughout the world, harms that include torture and experimentation, all in the name of what they called science
      • This history (which includes eugenics, a misreading of evolutionary theory, and the origins of anthropology) represents a misappropriation of the tools of science to further the causes of governments and companies in order to justify oppression
      • The residues of this history are still with us today. They lead to both implicit and explicit discrimination against women and people who are not of European descent in the sciences. It also shapes the questions and assumptions we ask when conducting research
    • WE MUST be vigilant and guard against our own biases, be honest about the history of “modern-science”, and make sure that we reclaim science (the best tool we have to understand the world) for people everywhere

 

(This is a completely voluntary exercise. We are not funded by anybody and do not support any company, industry, or political organization)

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