Can science be crowd-sourced to the general population?
A Huffington Post article cites a few examples of successes in such citizen science, such as inviting people to a Galaxy Zoo, where they can classify the shapes of galaxies (which the human brain does much better than computers).
However, major problems can arise when citizens get involved too early in the process. The major example right now is climate change. The issue has gone far beyond science into politics, and now scientists must convince large swathes of people before that there is a problem to begin with before they even get on to finding a solution.Can science be crowd-scourced?