Opinion article* published in The Herald written by Professor John O’Connor, head of the school of mathematical and physical sciences at the University of Newcastle.

DOESN’T science just happen anyway? Can we leave science to the scientists who know it better? If you have no opinion or interest in how we live our lives and how our future will develop then maybe the answer to these questions is yes.

But if ever you worry about genetically modified plants, global warming, nuclear and alternative energy, drug-resistant diseases, coal seam gas, mobile phone radiation or a raft of other issues that face society, then some appreciation of science and its impact on our lives is essential to evidence-based decisions rather than emotive and sometimes irrational outcomes.

READ the full opinion article in The Herald.

* Opinion pieces represent the author’s views.