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Writing to Uphold Reader Interest

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  • Started 3 months ago by JohnWThiel
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  1. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Various things stand in the way of maintaining the attention of a reader. In our form of literature, it is often the science, due to it not being explained in terms understandable to the reader. It may be that closer attention to the reader when science is discussed would improve the narrative.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  2. iamnothing
    Member

    Did you have any specific works in mind? I don't recall having encountered that problem.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  3. JohnWThiel
    Member

    Most stories are that way. The science in them is incompletely presented and the technical terminology isn't available to any but the scientific specialist.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  4. CarlGlover
    Member

    Could it be, John, that both the reader and the writer of today are incompletely educated in the sciences and thus do not possess either the knowledge or the comprehension to understand and/or communicate basic scientific principles?

    In my day, no education was considered complete without a minimal grounding in biology, chemistry, physics, etc., as requirements for graduation. That is apparently no longer generally true at either the high school or college level. Many, if not most, of today's students leave school in a condition of fundamental scientific illiteracy relative to those of previous generations.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  5. JohnWThiel
    Member

    It seems from the scientific texts I've seen at Purdue that they're teaching codified babble.

    Posted 3 months ago #

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