100 ideasFebruary 2017
This was in response to the BSA's concern that many people in the UK see science as a school subject or something that is just done by scientists in a lab. They write 'We believe that science is a human endeavour, not just a list of facts – it is mind-set owned by anyone who approaches the world in an open-minded, sceptical, logical, systematic, empirically orientated, tentative and curious way. We believe that science is currently seen as the domain of professionals and experts; whereas other parts of our society – business, politics, media, art, or sport, for instance – are seen as being there for anyone to own and engage in if they want to.'
My proposal was that psychology could be particularly important for getting people interested in science, but too much of psychology involves studying psychology students in the lab. I suggested that psychologists need to get out more! The public can vote on the proposals at: