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Conveying Controversial Science: Sam Harris's The Moral Landscape and Popular Science Communication

Abstract The academic literature on science communication widely acknowledges a problem: science communication between experts and lay audiences is important, but it is not done well. General audience popular science books, however, carry a reputation for clear science communication and are understudied in the academic literature. For this doctoral dissertation, I utilize Sam Harris's The Moral Landscape, a general audience science book on the particularly thorny topic of neuroscientific approaches to morality, as a case-study to explore the possibility of using general audience science books as models for science communication more broadly. I conduct a literary analysis of the text that delimits the scope of its project, its intended audience, ... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Johnson, Nathan (Author) / Robert, Jason S (Advisor) / Creath, Richard (Committee member) / Martinez, Jacqueline (Committee member) / Sylvester, Edward (Committee member) / Lynch, John (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biology / Communication / Ethics / ethics / neuroscience / popular science / psychology / science communication
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 229 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Biology 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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