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Teach Science Process Over Findings


This is Americans sixty seconds science. I'm Steve Mirsky. We all agree that there is a crisis even in our society about how we use science. We all know about climate change denial on one side. But there's also all the issues about opposing GMO's or anti vaccination Lucie Jones. She's a seismologist and a policy advisor on earthquake risk. She spoke February seventeenth at the annual meeting of the American Association for the advancement of science in Washington DC, and what we are seeing here is there is a significant part of society that doesn't understand how the scientific process works and looks at scientific information as something you get told to believe because the scientists said it's true. And then if you're going to believe that a thirty you're there several others that you could turn to as well. So what? Due in two thousand sixteen. She founded the doctor Lucie Jones center for science and society, which tries to get the public and policymakers to use scientific information to improve the resiliency of their communities. And here's a brief portion of her talk proposing solutions to the problem of the gap between scientists and society, we need to look at science education for the broader public more focused on process rather than results. And this is another place where the internet has really changed things, you know, when when I was in school, if you wanna learn those facts sort of had the get it from the teachers, or, you know, learn enough to be able to go out and start doing research. Now, if you wanna result, you can get it on your computer right away. What we need to do is not be teaching kids, for instance, that dinosaurs evolved into chickens, but rather how to recognize that the connection between dinosaurs. In the avian species website is more reliable that one. That tells us we descended from visitors from Mars both of them are out there on the internet. You can listen to Lucy Jones's entire talk. Just look for the annual meeting. Livestream and meetings dot AS dot org. For scientific Americans sixty seconds science. I'm Steve Mirsky.

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