I came across this TED video of Michael Specter’s talk about the dangers confronting us as the war against science progresses.
Here’s TED’s description of the video:”TED Talks Vaccine-autism claims, “Frankenfood” bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public’s growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.”
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I’m not a particularly big fan of lists of “thought leaders” and such, but occasionally a smart group of people compile some useful observations about folks who are passionate about a topic or field. The good folks over at Pixels & Pills listed my Twitter stream along with several of my other friends’ as active voices in Pharmaceutical adoption of novel media technologies.
I do a lot of work in helping to advance our understanding of the Web, how it impacts our culture and the health care ramifications of the media which it continues to evolve. I do wish, however, that the leading voices in this discussion were the executives and (smart) agencies working in the industry were on lists like these. But perhaps their absence simply reflects a pattern with revolutions: the view from inside the status quo is simply too murky, and thus outsiders’ perspectives are needed to spark things.
At any rate, I’ll take a pat on the back once in a while. You can read their full post here and follow them on Twitter.