I thank James Kent for his kind words and insightful remarks. I enthusiastically endorse his suggestion to integrate communication training into scientists' education. I was gratified to receive many notes similar to his from colleagues and strangers alike, thanking me and providing examples of how my suggestions were being put to good use.
I regret that Francis Sedgemore appears to have misunderstood or mischaracterized much of what I wrote. I emphatically did not advocate “science-lite,” “dumbing down,” or “removing doubt and uncertainty.” I did encourage scientists to recognize that intelligent, educated people who do not happen to be scientists often use terms that have one meaning in everyday English and another in the laboratory.