In recent years there has been comment that we suffer not from a dearth of information, but rather from too much of it. As an initial argument it sounds silly, but we’re becoming accustomed to the idea as time goes on and as a result it makes more and more sense.

I write this post as a 26-year-old in in the latter part of a B.Sc (Honours) in Geological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Four years of study affords me the ability to largely understand research in peer-reviewed journals, yet despite this advantage, the old cliche, “the more you know, the more you realize what you don’t know,” hangs over my head.

Recognizing that I will never know everything, I am content in knowing that I have enough of a background in science to be able to frame hot-button issues (e.g. global warming or evolution) in a way that is contextual and meaningful to me. But what about everyone else – all those private citizens who do not have a background in science yet require this information to make informed personal and political decisions?

With the deluge of information at our fingertips, it’s easy to get lost in the flow. Very easy.

Not everyone has the luxury to spend four years and thousands of dollars in an effort to combat that convolution of 21st Century information-overload. (Nor, as my own situation would suggest, is that a guarantee on understanding everything that comes your way.) But maybe confusion can be somewhat lessened. Maybe complex issues can be deconstructed into something meaningful that forgoes sensationalism and focuses on substance; “Oh my god, we’re all gonna die!” vs. “Possible effects of global warming include: … ”

That’s the intent of this blog. If it achieves no other purpose, it will at least help me understand.

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