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Natural Disasters Have Transformed How Scientists Communicate

People have relied on scientists for answers to some pretty big questions, and natural disasters are no exception. But when people don't like those answers, how are scientists supposed to communicate with the public? In this episode, seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones discusses the disconnect between disasters, psychology, and science communication, and helps us understand how to handle inconvenient truths in a healthy way. Stream or download the podcast using the player below or find the episode everywhere podcasts are found, including iTunes, Stitcher, and Gretta.

The Disaster Artist

Dr. Lucy Jones, author of "The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)," discusses:

  • Why people choose to live in areas prone to natural disasters, despite knowing the risks.
  • The psychology of why scientists developed a peer review system and what it has to do with the psychology behind thinking about natural disasters.
  • The surprising connection between earth scientists and the shamans of ancient civilizations, such as the oracles of ancient Greece.
  • Current initiatives to prevent utter disaster as a fallout from an earthquake or other unexpected event.

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About the Curiosity Podcast: Curiosity makes you smarter – and so will this podcast. Each week, we talk to experts who can help you get smart about the world around you, with a timely blend of cultural trends, life hacks, and developments in science and technology. You'll learn about your mind and your body, outer space and the depths of the sea, how history shaped the world into what it is today, and more. From the largest galaxies to your smallest brain cells, our curiosity will help you understand the world better.

Written by Cody Gough May 1, 2018

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