Connect the Dots

Seeing a post about HIV denialism made me think there’s something here:

  1. It’s part of the common wisdom about many disciplines that there’s simply too much published research.  Even though this research may be peer-reviewed and published by competent authors, there’s just too much of it, because of the incentives for publication within the academy (I don’t know if this is true in the sciences).
  2. Most professors are frustrated by their field’s inability to connect to a broader audience, and think that doing better in this regard could have an important impact on the world.

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