I agree with a lot of the above article - science communication does need come across as more objective and less authoritarian. I know statement such as "science has decided that…" or some such variation of tick me off, so i bet it ticks off others as well. Science decides stuff, does it?
"If science wants to redeem itself and regain its place with the public’s affection, scientists need to come out every time some politician says, “The science says we must…” and reply, “Science only tells us what is. It does not, and can never tell us what we should or must do.” If they say that often enough, and loudly enough, they might be able to reclaim the mantle of objectivity that they’ve given up over the last 40 years by letting themselves become the regulatory state’s ultimate appeal to authority."
Edited by kathymuggle - 12/14/12 at 8:22am