To build a sustainable world, academics need to tear down the Ivory Tower

Avoiding societal collapse means building bridges between science and the rest of the world.  From: ensia.com

GR:  I don’t believe we should demolish ivory towers, but scientists whose research has obvious applications should spend more time making public presentations. Moreover, though science should never be constrained by the need to be practical or applicable, it might be appropriate to spend some time on critical social problems. Issues such as mass extinction and global warming have entered crisis stages. Guaranteeing a future for pure research justifies a little time spent on the problems.

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