[ASC-list] How much science does an ordinary citizen need to function in modern society?

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Tue Apr 5 05:35:16 UTC 2016


How much science does an ordinary citizen need to function in modern society?
How important is it for people to know whether the sun goes round the Earth, or vice versa? To understand the difference between a bacterium and a virus? To be able to explain how planes fly, or the causes of climate change?  Or why bicycles don’t topple over?
Do they need to know facts, understand processes, or be good at using Google? Is an appreciation of the scientific method enough?

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Toss Gascoigne

(PS.  It turns out that taking into account the angles of the headset and the forks, the distribution of weight and the handlebar turn, the gyroscopic effects are not enough to keep a bike upright after all. What does? We simply don’t know…..(New Scientist, 2013)





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