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Public And Scientists Views On Science And Society

We need people who are capable of problem solving, mathematics and collaboration. It takes decades, if not centuries to put that fundamental knowledge into action. But once we have the knowledge, and we create the applications, it is hard to imagine life without it. Imagine a world where we did not know about the existence of x-rays, and could not look at broken bones on a doctors screen to help heal the injured. Often the fundamental knowledge we gain from science doesn’t have immediate applications.

Science is not just about memorization of theories, formulas, and vocabularies. In fact, science is all about communication strategies and furthering knowledge in all spheres. Like mathematics and history, it’s at the forefront of the educational conversation.

Ancient people learned how to cook and prepare food through trial and error—basically the scientific method. Now, thanks to modern science, we understand how cooking such as the Maillard reaction, a chemical reaction between an amino acid and a reducing sugar usually requiring heat, work. This also means that we need to educate the educators and consequently to adopt adequate science curricula at university education departments. Scientists themselves must get more involved both in schools and universities. This question has been hotly debated since the publication of British physicist John D. Bernal’s book, The Social Function of Science, in 1939. Bernal argued that science should contribute to satisfy the material needs of ordinary human life and that it should be centrally controlled by the state to maximise its utility—he was heavily influenced by Marxist thought.

He also won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Empiricism has stood in contrast to rationalism, the position originally associated with Descartes, which holds that knowledge is created by the human intellect, not by observation. Karl Popper, best known for his work on empirical falsification, proposed replacing verifiability with conjecture and refutation as the landmark of scientific theories.

The fieldwork for both surveys was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Contact with AAAS members invited to participate in the survey was managed by AAAS staff with the help of Princeton Survey Research Associates International; AAAS also covered part of the costs associated with mailing members. All other costs of conducting the pair of surveys were covered by the Pew Research Center.

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