So, we are currently moving into the next phase of PS. There remains questions about our name. As much as we know and love PS, we are unknown enough that we could change it now if it made sense. With the attention we should be expecting in the coming year, I do not expect we can revisit this again. Now, one possible option came. Which of these two do you like best?
Yeah. My first thought with that “civic” reminded me of “civics”, which is what high school government courses used to be called. So “civic science” almost sounds related to “political science”—but probably only to old dinosaurs like me who remember the Eisenhower administration.
I’m not a huge fan of “Peaceful Science” just because it’s not immediately clear what’s meant by “peaceful”. Is it pacifist science? Is it “coming to peace with science”? Is it “kumbaya” science? It’s hard to get a feel for what to expect.
However, I don’t like Civic Science better than Peaceful Science. I do like that it gets more at the idea behind PS I think, but I think people will associate it more with “civics” class. It seems like diversity, pluralism, openness get more at what PS is about.
I like #2 and #6 in this list the best. I think public engagement and/or community dialogue seem like key elements.
The most accurate description could be “Secular Science”, but that name has a lot of cultural baggage. However, as others have stated the PS name is already established and known so it would be a bit confusing if PS were to disappear.
A few to consider (some of which are terrible, but might spark some ideas):
Fellowship of Science (a bit religious, but might work)
Culture and Science
Forum of Scientific Outreach