Don't fear the frame…

Every now and again, some argument will get started in the blogosphere that is so pointless, so utterly self-defeating that it makes you question whether people are really thinking at all.

The tempest in the teapot du jour is about “Framing” science. This started simply enough — with a perspective piece in Science magazine by Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney entitled “Framing Science,” and arguing that poor science literacy isn’t entirely the media’s fault. Maybe, the commentary suggests, scientists could do a better job of communicating to the general public by describing science in terms that the general public could relate to their daily lives.

Whoooeee — talk about poking a hornets’ nest!

A number of bloggers took offense at the Nisbet / Mooney commentary. Nisbet and Mooney and others responded — and for a minute I thought about piling on too. But then I read two really good (if somewhat long) posts that seem to do a wonderful job of summing things up.

Over at Respectful Insolence, Orac wrote a post titled “Fear of the Frame.” Meanwhile, at A Blog Around the Clock, Coturnix has a post titled “Framing Science – the Dialogue of the Deaf.” You’ve got to love that title…

Both are really good reads, folks — please check them out.

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