Timothy Makepeace, JWST Vertical Primary Mirror, 2017, charcoal and pastel on paper, 49 x 49 inches.

Making Space for Everyone

How can science embrace the unique expertise and lived experience of the nation’s diverse communities? When the public becomes more involved in science, what will they want? And how will that challenge scientists—and science itself—as it becomes a tool available to every American? In this issue we explore the potential of science that “makes space for everyone” by taking a close look at what scientists, communities, and policymakers alike are learning about how communities and scientists can work together to create new types of knowledge.

Editor's Journal

  • Engaging With Communities

    The essays in the Fall 2021 edition build upon conversations with scientists, community leaders, and policymakers who have been talking about public involvement in science and innovation in new and interesting ways.

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Book Reviews

  • The Humbling Complexity of the Hard Problem

    Rather than attempt to explain the phenomenon of full-blown human consciousness, some scholars are attempting to describe not what consciousness “is” but how it came to be. Two new books continue in this promising vein.

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  • Can It Scale?

    A new book wavers among sometimes-contradictory invocations of regenerative and organic agriculture’s transcendental possibilities, the potential of high-tech interventions such as vertical farming and alternative proteins, and more pragmatic priorities such as reducing food waste.

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  • How We Practice Hope

    Hope is a primary function of imagination, one that we have to foster and practice; science fiction can be a model for this work of clearing cultural space for a positive future, and it is an essential simulation engine for playing out possibilities.

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