May 17

Earth and Beyond

Saturday’s Big Idea

Rational Inquiry

The scientific worldview is "incessantly inconvenient, calculatingly cold, and questioning of one's deeply held beliefs." So writes Ross Pomeroy in today's lesson.

Yes, it is easy to see the many ways in which science enriches our lives, but to many, "science elicits opprobrium," as Pomeroy points out. "To human beings, nothing is more comforting than certitude, and the findings of science are uncontrollable." It is difficult to embrace a worldview in which the deeper you explore, the more chaos you find. And yet, what alternative do we have? Not looking? That might be the easy course of action, "but it's surely not the correct one," Pomeroy writes. 

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  1. Science Is a Pain in the Butt. Embrace It.

    Science Is a Pain in the Butt. Embrace It.

    Science is often awkward and frustratingly uncertain and mindbogglingly complicated. It is also what enriches our lives.

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  2. Imagination: The Rocket Fuel of Science

    Imagination: The Rocket Fuel of Science

    “Science is not about memorizing facts,” says Michio Kaku. It’s about innovation and curiosity and imagining Internet access in your contact lenses.

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    The Wonder of Science

    Many people don't see how fantastic science is, and that's unfortunate, says Pardis.

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  4. What does science reveal about the human condition?

    What does science reveal about the human condition?

    How do you make sure that science leads to good things, without the ethical side effects?

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