So…. you all should know by now that those of us at PaleBlue.blog love science communication. So we jumped on the Open Mic Night at AGU.
Here’s the words to the poem I’m reading. I’ll post Julia’s lyrics (YES! lyrics…) in a bit.
Don’t trust me, I’m a scientist.
Other scientists know not to trust me.
In fact, they’ve been trained to not trust me,
and there’s a very good reason for this:
they know a secret about me.
I’ve made mistakes.
I’ve been wrong.
I’ve even misunderestimated things.
But our lack trust is our strength
When I mess up, I hear about it
When I’m wrong, I’m corrected
And when I misunderestimate something,
Someone re-estimates- it.
And so our mistrust becomes truth
And In the end I may get things wrong,
but WE will get it right.
Think of it this way…
When you go to the doctor about heart disease
you might want a second opinion
But if 9 of 10 of doctors say
your habits are causing it,
It’s going to harm you,
but you can fix it,
If you only change your ways
I hope you change your ways.
And when a scientist talks about climate change
you might want a second opinion.
But when 95 of 100 scientists say:
Our habits are causing it,
it’s going to harm us,
but we can fix it.
If we only change our ways
I hope we change our ways.
So this is what I ask of you:
Don’t trust me,
Don’t trust the scientist
Trust the SCIENTISTS
Don’t trust a human.
Trust a COMMUNITY.