August 24

21st Century Living

Saturday’s Big Idea

Burden of Proof

According to Bertrand Russell's famous teapot analogy, the philosophical burden of proof falls on those who make claims that are scientifically unfalsifiable. 

Understanding the burden of proof is a skill that is often lacking in our public discourse, particularly in our digital age in which it is so easy to play fast and loose with the facts. If this aspect of critical thinking is further eroded through the teaching of unfalsifiable concepts, the consequences could be profound for a generation of students. 

 

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  2. 2 The Job of Science is to Make Peo...
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  1. How to Discuss Science in an Age of Cable News

    How to Discuss Science in an Age of Cable News

    How are we supposed to communicate about science in an age when political partisanship and media hype dominate the 24/7 news cycle?

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  2. The Job of Science is to Make People Less Stupid

    The Job of Science is to Make People Less Stupid

    The job of the human being, as you go through life, is to become less stupid.

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  3. Lawrence Krauss: Stop Validating Ignorance

    Lawrence Krauss: Stop Validating Ignorance

    The last thing we want to do is water down the teaching of biology because some people don’t recognize that evolution happened.

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  4. Teaching Science Like Comedy

    Teaching Science Like Comedy

    Science education should be arranged so that students have more hands-on experience, says Bill Nye.

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