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A brief commentary on "Cosmos and Culture: Speaking in Defense of Science" (Marcelo Gleiser, NPR Cosmos and Culture Blog)
When I taught freshmen, some of them seemed convinced that academic and federally-funded scientists were part of a conspiratorial cabal making massive profits in exchange for telling us that human-influenced global climate change, and in some cases even fundamental biological principles like evolution, exist. If this were true, I’M convinced that O’Reilly and his ilk would WANT us to believe in science. And wouldn’t there be a glut of scientific literacy, since it would be so profitable?
What DO they teach our children in school these days?
meditations on science
“Science, by its nature, involves enormous hubris: we try to make sense of the world from our limited observations. We expect that what we observe here and now will tell us something about what we haven’t observed and may never observe. Science is all about generalizations.
But science is also modest: it changes in light of new evidence. Science is willing to admit when it’s wrong. And it’s this combination that makes science such a powerful partner…”