The Royal Society of Queensland – Presidential Address 2021

Hynes, R. A. (2021)


Edges of Science and Challenges of Communication: Confusion in the Community and Finding a Way Forward We live in a period some researchers are calling an Anthropause, a time of crisis, when humanity can and must rethink and change the way it lives on this planet. However, presently in this period of pandemic, climate change and biosphere degradation, many fields of science are both under attack and employed selectively by different actors. There are many reasons. This address briefly overviews the evolving nature of modern science and explores the misuse and negligent use of science and the demanding strategies we may be forced to follow if we are to urgently and intelligently clarify and implement effective change towards an ethical and sustainable future for humankind and our biosphere.