In science communication, why does the idea of a public deficit always return? The eternal recurrence of the public deficit

  title={In science communication, why does the idea of a public deficit always return? The eternal recurrence of the public deficit},
  author={Carina Cortassa},
  journal={Public Understanding of Science},
  pages={447 - 459}
  • Carina Cortassa
  • Published 26 April 2016
  • Education
  • Public Understanding of Science
After several years of loud and clear rejection, the idea of a public cognitive deficit insistently reappears in the agenda of Science Communication and Public Understanding of Science studies. This essay addresses two different kinds of reason – practical and epistemic – converging at that point. In the first part, it will be argued that the hypothesis of the lack of knowledge among laypeople and its controversial relationships with their interests and attitudes towards science prevails… 

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