Building on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large, the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities.
The Perceptions Project
Science Perceptions Workshop, Atlanta | AAAS/Christine A. Scheller
Evangelical Christians constitute as much as 30% of the U.S. population and their influence on public support and perceptions of science is considerable. When compared to other religious groups, Evangelicals have often been more wary of science as evidenced in debates about evolution, stem cell research, and climate change. However, the community is diverse and there is evidence to suggest that it is becoming more open to dialogue.
DoSER is partnering with researchers at Rice University to investigate more deeply the relationship between science and Evangelical Christianity and to develop resources that will enable these communities to communicate more effectively. Print materials and workshops will help promote understanding of both scientific facts and each others' concerns and will benefit both scientific advancement and the public at large.
DoSER director Jennifer Wiseman and senior program associate Paul Arveson provide a detailed, but succcint description of the project in the Winter 2013 issue of AAAS' Professional Ethics Report.