Sharing your research with the public can change minds
A recent study finds evidence that thoughtful, persuasive commentary by academics can shift the debate and affect policy.
I think this is true and absolutely crucial. When academics share their thoughts with people outside their field, it’s very useful both for them and their audience.
But fewer people are doing it because it gets scary. I find myself more and more often wanting to write something but then deciding to stay silent because I don’t want it to be resurrected for my “social scorecard” ten years from now. Every morning I hope through a list of ideas I want to write about and discard all of them out of fear. Then I post something about the weather or the news, and that’s it.
The preceding post I just published, I think I need to put it under a password or delete it because it’s one of the list of the untouchable subjects that is growing every day.