JayAaroBe

JayAaroBe Headshot A tech savvy entrepreneur & information junkie who’s interested in science & technology, skepticism, creating, problem-solving, human interaction, music, humor, information technology ( IT ), video games, pharmacology (esp. psychopharmacology), neuroscience, astronomy & cosmology,  personal development, history & geopolitics, weightlifting, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the beach & hot weather, snowboarding, and not being miserable.

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While in law school, I discovered physics for the first time and I completely fell in love with it, as well as science in general and scientific skepticism.  I realized that my passion lays in science & technology, not law, and so I completely changed my life and started becoming educated in science.

The more I learned about science, the more I became aware of a problem: it’s a sad but true fact that there is a large gap between the scientific community (humanity’s collective body of knowledge about the universe) and the general public’s awareness and understanding of science.  The people who are supposed to bridge that gap are the science journalists/popularizers/commentators/communicators (I’ll refer to them as “science communicators”).  Unfortunately, far too many of these people have no scientific background and therefore don’t fully understand the science that they’re supposed to be communicating to the average person.  As a result, when communicating the science to the layperson, they often misinterpret, exaggerate, or just flat out get it wrong.  This is a tragedy for both the scientific community and the average layperson.

My goal is to fix this.  I can hopefully bridge the gap (and others like me for I don’t have delusions of grandeur; I know it will take more than just one person to change things).  I intend to accomplish this by being educated both in science and in communicating that science.  Many scientists are admittedly not the best communicators (or they just don’t have the time because they’re too busy focusing on their actual work).  I love science and I love learning about everything.  I have the ability to understand difficult science concepts, discuss them with scientific experts, and then present them to the average layperson in ways that they can understand.  I am doing everything I can to hone this ability.  So even though I’ve completed my undergraduate studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Business, as well as graduate studies in law, I realize I still have much to learn.  So even though I’m working to build my body of work professionally,  right now I’m also taking as many science courses as I can, as well as courses in communication, in order to be able to both understand and be able to share that understanding.  Because I love it.  And I hope others will too.

I know I’m not the first person to recognize this and address it, but I want to be a part of the small but growing number of people who are accurate and engaging science communicators.  The reason we use the word “communicator” and not just “journalist” is that in the internet age it is essential to communicate via every medium: not just newspapers and magazines, but also websites, blogs, podcasts, vidcasts, social networks, documentaries, and any other way to get the public interested in science and knowledgeable in factual scientific information, as well as to spread critical thinking skills that people can apply to everything in their lives whether it be making a decision to visit an astrologer or knowing whether the “crystal healing” medical treatment they’re being sold is a scam.  Science should not seem like “magic”.

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