Science is a way to solve a problem. 

At its core, science is not a “what”, but a “how?” Kevin Kelly calls science a long-term campaign to bring all knowledge in the world into one vast, interconnected, peer-reviewed web of facts. The process of getting your knowledge accepted as a scientific truth is a rigorous one, but it is a process that is often overlooked by the general population. 

We are living and scrolling though a world wide web of fluff. We’re aware that not everything we read is true, but we’re constantly being fed so much information that some of it must be true.. right?

Science teaches you to think critically. 

It makes you look at things upside down and inside out. It makes you think “what if?”, while also thinking, “what if, not?” It’s analyzing, and then reanalyzing, and then checking one more time to makes sure your analysis is logical. It’s making sure that your theories are rooted in theory, that have been established by theorists prior.

But we’re not all trained to think like a scientist. 

There are those who think like artists. And those who think like athletes. But it is the job of the scientist to teach the non-science minded about what science is. It’s not a biology class, and it’s not a volcano experiment. It’s not an episode of Breaking Bad, and it’s not a physics equation.

Science is a way to solve a problem. 

Lauren is currently paving her way down the road to achieving her Doctorate. She has been studying the role of social media in influencing agents of social change since she has graduated with her Master’s in Community Psychology back in 2013. Never in a million years did she think that she would fall in love with research, but lo and behold, the heart wants what the heart wants. She’s interested in the “what comes next” when it comes to conducting her studies. After pouring your blood, sweat, and tears into a research project, and going through the rigorous process of scientific publication… then what?

Bringing Psychology to Non-Psychologists 

In 1969, the president of the American Psychological Association said in his inaugural address, “the practice of valid psychology by non-psychologists will inevitably change people’s conception of themselves and what they can do.” Lauren’s goal in her doctoral research is to bridge the gap between research and popular media. We scroll past hundreds of “fluff-based” articles every day, but how much of this information is rooted in peer-review? How many people even know what peer-review is?

Out There Social Change is Lauren’s platform to teach us to think like a scientist. 

It’s not about opinions and it’s not about facts. It’s about expanding your mind to think outside of boxes that haven’t even been built yet.

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