Are Celebrity Scientists Just Memes?

An interview with philosopher of science Philip Kitcher

Stephen Hawking's recent death was on the front pages of newspapers and trended on social media. Cher and Katy Perry tweeted about it. It's not often that science or scientists get so popular. In this interview with Columbia University philosopher of science Philip Kitcher, author of multiple books including Science in a Democratic Age, we discuss how and when (some) scientists turned into celebrities, and what are the benefits and costs we derive from that, in a culture that celebrates memes and distrusts experts 

—Paula Erizanu 


 

PE: Could you explain the appeal of Hawking, Dawkins and Einstein as celebrity scientists?

PK: So Dawkins and Hawking are very different cases. 

There’s a really healthy side to the celebrity science movement and that is the tremendous increase in our acceptance that scientists, including eminent scientists, might write for a broader public. I think t

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Haji Benstoke 27 July 2021

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