Yes or No

Can you tell I’m losing some of my earlier inspiration for these themes? Today Carol Porteous is giving me some simple answers to some not so simple
questions. To hear more from Carol join her for ‘Listening To The Public Is Dangerous!‘ on the 6th August at the New Town Theatre. 

Pineapple on pizza?

I am ok with pineapple but don’t really like ham.

Country music?

I was actually brought up with a mum who was a country music fan, so  I like “some” country music.

Is a hotdog a sandwich?

A hot dog are the furry creatures you see in Princes Street gardens panting, just kidding…. Most definitely a sandwich, but then does that make a burger a sandwich? Hmmm I will have to rethink this.

Democracy?

Democracy although something most people think is a good idea and occupying a fixed idea, that everyone has a right to vote or say in who they are governed by or represented by.  But I think how democracy is articulated by individuals and on a local level is constantly changing and evolving in response to technological and societal challenges

Engaging the public in research?

May be a way of democratising science, a space which is traditionally viewed as occupied by clever individuals beavering away to find the answer to societal issues and problems.

Why can this be dangerous?

It challenges the perceived role of researchers and scientists, who don’t always have the answers (shock horror!) and who don’t always understand the lived experiences of individuals. It is more dangerous for researchers and scientists than anyone else!

What are the benefits?

Engaging the public in science may make science more accessible and research more applicable.

Should researchers keep engaging the public in research despite the dangers?

Of course they should! It is fun and scary.