Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Jesus Lens: A Few Beers With Science

Let me settle the effects of the GAD3 survey for IDEAL… which leaves no room for doubt: Marifrán Carazo will be mayor, Paco Cuenca has a maximum limit of 10 councillors, the split of the left will be fatal and vote for What was Ciudadanos goes completely to the right. With the Espadas focused Luis Salvador effect, that would be.

As it is now time to say that the real voting, the final voting will take place next Sunday; Let’s talk about tangential issues. Or not. As the low-key election campaign—or low profile, as you prefer— approaches its final stages, life goes on. For example, in bars.

Today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow is the Pint of Science Festival. In other words, science beer. The point is to be together twice, at Lemon Rock and La Tertulia, to hear, see and talk with the various scientists who turn test tubes for molasses and saline solutions to beer.

Last week I was with Ana Tamayo and Antonio Gómez, two of its organizers, sharing a few beers, right. In the heat of some Alhambra – which has happily rebranded Especial – we talked about the importance of bringing science closer to the people, taking it out of the graves and desecrating it. Certainly being rigorous and scientific, one thing is not the other.

To do this, scientists must change their discourse and develop communication skills that make science accessible. At Pint of Science they have a manual with recommendations for speakers for their talks. I like this: “Introducing your topic informally will encourage people to ask ‘silly’ questions that they wouldn’t dare to ask in a formal context. From our experience we can assure you that the public will ask you many questions. We know that in a one-time environment and in a one-on-one context with a scientist, people ask questions without fear. Answer the best you can and don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”. Astonishing!

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