Information alone is not enough.

I think I make the mistake this article talks about all too often. I unconsciously expect people around me, parents, friends, random strangers, to take information from science and perhaps question it, be curious, learn more and then make decisions. I know this is pretty extreme and unreasonable of me and so I often don’t translate my thoughts to voice and tell myself to back off. Each to his own and all that. I believe though that information HAS to be shared and available, no matter what people do with that information. I mean, what an 8th grader does with knowing the gestation period of an elephant, or a 95-year old lady does with climate change, doesn’t really matter. Each to his own, again.

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At the same time, I also understand the lack of effort into making scientific jargon truly available to non-scientists (I also believe everyone is a scientist, like everyone is an artist and can sing, but that’s a different story.). That’s why I used to write “Research in Translation” pieces for Current Conservation magazine, and it’s why I write this blog.

It’s perhaps no coincidence that my research is about information transfer in animals, the hows and whys of it, but of course, I deal with subjects less complex than humans.


About Divya

Predator-prey behaviour fascinates me enough to cross oceans. I wish I could read like Vicki the 'Small Wonder'. When I take a break from all the paper-reading, I read other things, mostly but not necessarily to do with science. I also wish I could write as much as I read, but clearly there needs to be an equilibrium whose stability I cannot guarantee. Also, I usually need the help of music to get me through all the reading and writing. See a pattern?
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