Below is a short speech I gave back in 2013 at the University of Groningen, shortly after I was elected student of the year among 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. I described what inspired me to pursue my studies of the brain and the universe. Along the way, I ask: how do we develop our knowledge together, as scientists (and non-scientists) of different degrees?
I argued for a less hierarchical style of teaching, in which the teacher becomes at times equal to the student by treating also the topics that are still troublesome and mysterious. I realized that this perspective is also relevant to science communication in general. In the face of a complete mystery, the credentialed scientist understands as much as the lay audience members. Any thoughts and reflections on this perspective?
By the way, excuse me for my far-from-perfect English in the video. Let’s say it’s not my native language .