Dr. Scott Berenson is an independent physician specializing in diabetes and obesity.
He’s also a self-described “citizen science” researcher who’s been doing his own research for years.
“There’s a real interest in this field and I feel like it’s been missing for a while,” he told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta in a recent interview.
Berensons new book is called “Citizen Science: A Scientist’s Guide to Health, Medicine, and the Environment.”
His goal is to help people learn more about what it means to be a citizen scientist, and to give people a sense of what the world is really like.
He told Gupta that when he was in his early 20s, he “really was skeptical of the world and I was always looking for answers.”
Beren is an atheist, but he also believes in science and his work has a scientific foundation.
He said he was “a little skeptical” about the possibility of a human-made global warming.
In his book, Beren describes the world of citizen science, which he says is a term used to describe people who are interested in the science of climate change, but don’t necessarily share its implications.
He calls this “an emerging, but rapidly growing field.”
“There are scientists who are looking at the impacts of climate, and there are people who aren’t necessarily interested in climate, but are looking to understand the science,” Beren said.
The concept of citizen scientists is evolving and growing in the United States and across the world, but it’s important to keep an eye on the trend, Bensons book notes.
“It’s important for people to understand that, when you look at these things, they’re really not different from any other area of science that we look at,” he said.
For Beren, the role of science in the world has changed since he started.
He credits the fact that people now have access to more information about health, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s data, for the increased interest in citizen science.
“When you look back at the history of medicine and the science, it was very much about the scientific method,” he added.
“But it was a very different world when the scientific community was very, very small and was very closed to people.”
Barens book focuses on his research and his relationship with the health care industry.
He believes in sharing information and taking responsibility for his research.
He explained that it’s the job of the public health community to share information about the science and to provide research that can help other people.
Baren says that he hopes his work will be of interest to other scientists.
“I think that when we start getting people in the field, it will be an opportunity for other people to be part of the process,” he explained.
The book is being published by Oxford University Press, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
You can read the full interview on CNN’s “Dr. Sanjay Gupta.”