How to increase the popularity of Science?

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    How to increase the popularity of Science?

    What, in your opinion, needs to be done in order to make Science more interesting to society in general? How can we attract people away from brainless reality television and worshipping celebrity, and towards more fulfilling subjects like Science?
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    That is a good question, I think maybe we would have to start at childhood and socialize children to be more appreciative of the sciences

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    I don't know what we could do. I don't see what's so appealing about the entertainment industry and those reality TV shows anyway, don't know why they would rather worship those pathetic people than marvel at the wonders of the universe. I don't know what it is. When I talk about science at home my sister goes "oh, there she goes with that science crap again." But it's not just her -- my aunt does this too. And it truly hurts me, and I have no idea why they're so hostile towards it, why they don't find it interesting. And I want to change their minds, but I don't think we can... it starts with childhood, definitely. Because it seems after they grow up, it's already too late.
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    Connect Sciences with Humanities and illustrate the importance and truth value of both in a person's life. I think that everyone who likes reality tv shows would enjoy a dramatization about Mesalina's murders and promiscuity followed by reasonable biological hypotheses as to why she couldn't control her urges.
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    Well, they can stop dumbing down the class room for one.
    don't believe me? ask yourself this, when was the last ime they learned civics?government? real history?
    how many people actually know the differnce between a mayor and a city manager?
    wahts a board of supervisors? know how a public utility works?
    How about computing simple interest? Name the points of the bill of rights, articles of the US constitution?....

    need I go on? interest in the sciences, any science, not just geology, biology, etc but
    Political science, sociology, history, etc.. has been under a continual assault to pairdown content and skim over.
    A retired teacher freind of mine would tell me stories of teaching african hitory (of the continent, for geography) was only making a "native mask", nothing of the european colonial period (zulu/boer wars), nothing of tribal conflicts today..because that was the 'official' lesson plan, and the american civil war? one paragrgh..."lincoln freed the slaves"

    I suggest instead of lowering the bar ''tah bah fahr to dah luwr kids'' and ruining those that would be brilliant in those subjects, give the few strugglers tudoring, what happened to repeating grades? summer school?.

    I've had teachers with a flare for the theatric that made dry subjects interesting, giving teachers a freer hand to treach in their own style, and incentive them to do so, get rid of the ones that treat students like wortless sacks of meat.
    Last edited by vt1099ace; 01-10-2011 at 11:58 PM.
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    One of the reasons I couldn't make it as a History teacher is following the official lesson plan. I would be telling the kids all the side stuff too much like the principles of the battle formations people used in the past, various tid bits I have gotten from the history channel about the subject, and how the issue of freeing the slaves wasn't the reason for the civil war and that it wasn't really brought up till later. Video games have triggered interest in various things like science and history but the interest and love of those subjects have always been with me so I can't really say they did everything.
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    Anti-intellectualism is a huge problem in my opinion. I think people dislike science and find it boring because it is conceptually inaccessible to the general populace.

    I blame this on poorly constructed University degree programs. There is no reason we can't offer more generalized advanced science courses for people that aren't majoring in the sciences...

    I'm a research scientist working on my PhD so it was necessary for me to take highly technical advanced course in chemistry, physics, math, and engineering.... I probably have about 50 credits out of my 250 credits devoted to music courses - this is because I got lucky and my school had performance courses that were available to people that were just interested in playing as a hobby. I can "sight read" with the best of them - thus I can appreciate when a piece is difficult etc - but I couldn't hope to play an instrument in any professionally meaningful way - for me it is just a hobby...

    Lots of people that aren't musicians play instruments and like music because it is accessible as a hobby.. if we want people to like and appreciate science we have to first make it accessible.. and imo the only way we can do that is by offering advanced classes in science that don't require you to do what I did (triple major in 3 areas of science) before you are able to understand what is going on... if I'd had to meet the same performance requirements as the music majors I wouldn't have continued beyond my first university class in music cos I would have failed...
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    type (Math Education: An Inconvenient Truth) in youtube and you might understand why math and science isn't understood well to a large percentage of the public. In it you will see a woman talk about how math is taught, but I really don't think she has a grasp about what math really is. She speaks about algorithms and how we need to focus on the old traditional 12x11= 12+120= 132 is the only algorithm that should be taught because it is the most efficient algorithm. Then she talks about about how newer math programs make people dependent of calculators. In reality the old traditional algorithm is just like using a calculator, just using a very old calculator. I is more important to know, in my opinion, why the algorithms work.

    Why does this effect science? Because when all you teach is algorithms and formulas then many people don't understand to concept of why things work. Since they don't really know why things work it seems like a bunch of abstract formulas and it is hard to put a bunch of abstract formulas into real life applications. Sense science and physics is math used in a practical way and most people are taught only abstract formulas many people don't have a true understanding of how each formula applies to each other it causes a disinterest.

    Type (jamesblackburnlynch) in youtube and he explains it better then me in the re: math education: an inconvenient truth video. His channel has a few videos explaining an answer to your question.
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    Unfortunately... sciences take a bit of intellectual 'maturity'. It is more than reading off facts and remembering them. My position is that inaccessibility is caused by a difficulty in attaining this 'maturity'.

    The deeper intricacies of true science, I mean true understanding of how to have a critical mind, and how to do abstractions and not be overwhelmed by complexity, how to do what is necessary and not more, are not things that can truly be taught out of any textbook, television program, or whatever; these are things which are picked up by experience alone as an individual gradually matures by being involved in it.
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    I think the reason so many people get bored with science is that science is presented in a boring, impersonal way that makes it seem detached from anything meaningful or relevant. (By meaningful, in this context, I mean "that which relates to our interconnectedness" and by relevant, I mean "emotionally effective.") If it were presented differently, it might be more appealing.

    The reason reality shows are popular is that they deal with human relationships, human minds, human feelings, and human psychology. Some also incorporate elements of game theory, and involve strategy, but those aren't the aspects that interest most viewers. I tend to feel that people are more interesting than things, and if this is a common attitude, it could be part of the reason dry facts about such-and-such star system, which is such-and-such distance away would be extremely dull. It wouldn't relate to anything I cared about, even slightly. If there is a way to apply the understanding of scientific information to something social or interpersonal, even if it must be done symbolically, I think more people would start feeling something positive about it rather than finding it so tedious.

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