America's Science Decline - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil talks about how the amount of peer reviewed science research being done in the U.S. has gone down since 2000, and gone up in other places like Japan, Ch...

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Comment by Robert Karp on December 28, 2011 at 1:22pm
Not good news for the US. Think religion has a part in this?
Comment by Ralph Day on December 28, 2011 at 2:02pm

That is truly scary.  My country, Canada, all but dissapears when the trend line is considered.  Bad to worse.



Comment by Robert Karp on December 28, 2011 at 3:48pm

Yeah Canada isn't looking good either. :-(

Comment by Tammy on December 28, 2011 at 4:23pm

Yes, I am very sure Religion is playing a very big role in the movement against Science. Over the past few years Religion has been pushing harder and harder to infiltrate government, schools and most all public forums. They've even gone so far in the task of discrediting Science and even devalue it by creating their own form of Science. It is truly sad is what it is.

Comment by Judith van der Roos on December 29, 2011 at 7:55am

I would be interested to see the final map with defence related science research removed, I suspect the map for the US would all but collapse. When I saw this and my daughter signed the words to me it rang a bell in my head so I went and looked up all of the (research/study) papers I read in my own area of physiology. It had not struck me until this video that there had been a marked drop off in those from the US where eight years ago they were some 50%. On the plus side there is some amazing stuff coming out of Russia, years of having to do things on a shoe string has given them a uniquely practical approach, people should be paying much more attention there.

Judith vd R.

Comment by UnTarded on December 29, 2011 at 11:29am

Kids, learn to speak Chinese.

Comment by Dale Headley on December 29, 2011 at 2:52pm

   I have been complaining about this constantly for years.  There is very little respect in the U.S. for science.  Americans DO respect and admire technology, especially technology that results in profitable enterprises; but there is precious little pure science done in America; not only that, but much, if not most of it is being done by foreign-educated immigrants.

   Case in point: the Bush Administration effectively put an end to meaningful stem cell research in this country.  Why?  Religion.  We can't have any science going on if it offends Christians.

   But the worst offender is the public school system.  The biggest joke in the evolution/intelligent design controversy is the notion that public schools are teaching evolution, and that it is unfair to Christian believers.  Why is this a "joke"?  Because evolution is NOT being taught in all but a handful of public school classrooms in America.  And the few places it is taught it is given short shrift by inompetent teachers.  I was a science teacher, and I knew many other science teachers.  Not a single one of them understood evolution.  They THOUGHT they did, but they didn't, because they themselves had been poorly taught. In fact, I have yet to meet ANY American who has a deep understanding of evolution.  The average 4th grader in most European countries knows more about evolution than the average 4th grade teacher in America.   Others of them simply refuse to teach evolution because it offends their own religious sensibilities.  Even in states like mine (California), where evolution is ostensibly a required part of the science curriculum, teachers who refuse will not get into trouble.  They WILL, however, get angry parents descending upon them if they DO teach it.  Believe me, I know whereof I speak.  I had many angry parents yell at me for teaching this godless evolution to their children.  I just ignored them.

   In America, ignorance (i.e., religion) is bliss.  Science is for geeks.  The hit TV series,"Big Bang Theory," succeeds largely because it mocks the nerds and geeks most Americans ridicule.  But the irony is that the science presented on that show (provided by an on-site science consultant) is legitimate, cutting edge stuff that people should respect and try to learn from, not make fun of.  We need more Sheldon Coopers as role models, and fewer Tim Tebows.

   Americans with computers, which is most of us, should devote some time each day (as do I) learning science (and other subjects) on the "Khan Academy" website.  Sal Khan, a brilliant, dedicated young man on a mission to educate America, presents simple, easy-to-understand, illuminating, and entertaining lessons.  So far, he has produced over 2700 of them available in many disciplines.  I hated school, but I love learning.  I look forward every day to my latest lessons.  Currently, I am watching videos on human physiology and the French Revolution.  I am in a race to become educated before I die.  Not even my college had a course that covered evolution, and I was a biology major.  What I know about it came from, reading Dawkins, Gould, Sagan, Dennett, et al.  American schools didn't do it for me; but I'm hoping Sal Khan will.  


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