Science and the Dragon: Redistributing the Treasure of Knowledge




We start from an analogy: science can be seen as one of the dragons of Western mythology, described as sitting on their hoard of gold but not using it for any useful purpose. Similarly, scientists seem to be content with accumulating knowledge, doing little or nothing to use it outside their restricted domain of expertise. We argue that this attitude is one of the elements causing the ongoing decline of science as a way to produce innovative knowledge. We propose that the situation could be improved by encouraging scientific communication and the redistribution of the scientific treasure of knowledge in the form of “mind-sized” memes.

Author Biographies

Ilaria Perissi, Club of Rome, Winterthur, Switzerland

Associate member of the Club of Rome, holds a PhD in chemistry. Collaborating with the Department of Chemistry of the University of Florence, will soon start a position of senior research fellow at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge

Luisella Chiavenuto, Independent Researcher

Luisella Chiavenuto is an independent researcher engaged in bridging the gap between humanities and science

Alessandro Lavacchi, National Research Council, Italy

Ph.D. in Materials Science, University of Florence, Italy (2003); M.Sc. in Chemistry, University of Florence, Italy (1998). Senior Researcher, ICCOM-CNR Florence, Italy (since January 2021).



2022-05-05 — Updated on 2022-05-06


How to Cite

Bardi, U., Perissi, I., Chiavenuto, L., & Lavacchi, A. (2022). Science and the Dragon: Redistributing the Treasure of Knowledge. Organisms. Journal of Biological Sciences, 5(2), 87–94. (Original work published May 5, 2022)