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The writer Antonio Muñoz Molina (Úbeda, Jaen, 1956) has been recently awarded with the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. Being a man of strong beliefs, he does not avoid controversy in his statements. He has just published the essay “Todo lo que era sólido” (Everything that was took for granted) (Seix Barral), a vindication for the rights earned after years of democratic struggle. An erudite, article writer and champion of the scientific culture, in this interview, Muñoz Molina reflects on the relationship between science and journalism.
Why do you think there is so little scientific information in general-interest media?
Do you think that the journalist-scientist relationship, with some exceptions, is irreconcilable? What are the main differences between both them in your view?
Why are you interested in science? Being a journalist, what raised your interest about it?
In «Cuestión de método» (A Matter of Method), published in January 2012 in Muy Interesante, you claimed that a scientific culture is essential to avoid some public life disasters and to create a democratic citizenship. Do you somehow link science with common sense? Do you think that we would have a more sensible society if scientific education was better?
Do you think that the scientific method can be applied in every aspect of life?
Are scientists generally isolated from the rest of the world? Why do you think this has happened and how can we solve it?
Is the everlasting battle between science and humanities justified? Would you say that fighting against this conflict was one of your goals when you engaged in writing «The Two Cultures»?
Do you think that scientists are too concerned about accuracy and precision even in those areas that are not so predictable?
You usually include your own anecdotes and experiences in your articles. Does everyday-life inspire you to write about science?
After having read and written about so many topics, could you define what has caused a greater impact on you or something that has fascinated you, in either a negative or a positive way?
Has your perception of humans changed in any way over the years?
Mar Sanjuán Santonja. Bachelor of Journalism.
«Mass media workers have usually studied journalism, which is a very superficial degree and, in addition, it is “Humanities degree”»
«Democracy is close to scientific method: you try one leader out, and if it does not work, another one is chosen»