Comment by Morgan Matthew on November 30, 2009 at 11:11am
From the video:

Despite great strides in our understanding, the average person still does not understand science in the facts or in the practice, and instead fills the void with pseudoscience. This reflects a worldview that values an emphasis on commonly accepted, traditional lore, and a general disinterest in the role of science and reason in our lives. Science is perceived by the media, government, and popular conciousness as something that happens to other people.

This is unacceptable. We need to find a way to reach out with reason to the unreasonable, with knowledge to the ignorant, or else we will be unprepared when the moment of crisis finally arrives. There has never been a more important time to value and respect science, technology and reason. Those who value science can not retreat into their academic towers. We are dependent on popular, political support for this effort, and we will never advance to the next stage without overwhelming public momentum. Outreach is essential, and it can start anywhere, and at any level.

I have a message and a challenge to all viewers. Do something to raise awareness of the role of science in our society, the importance of reason. Take it as a personal responsibility, or no-one will.

Figures are mostly from the 2008 NSF Report on Science and Engineering Indicators. I highly recommend this site.
"As the scientific and technical content of modern life grows, citizens increasingly need to be more scientifically literate to make sound public policy and personal choices."

Chapter 7, Public Knowledge

Union of Concerned Scientists
Comment by Henry Ruddle on November 30, 2009 at 3:17pm
The latest edition of Skepticality featured an interview with Dr. William Meller, author of Evolution RX, which gives an evolutionary viewpoint about health and medicine. He's got a really interesting scientific perspective, and of course makes the point that non-scientific societies have much worse health indicators than scientific ones. When it comes to medicine and health, there is no particular reason to revere "ancient wisdom," and there are often many reasons to deride or ignore it.
Comment by Doug Reardon on November 30, 2009 at 7:37pm
Like the Irish Elk, or exogyra, human kind may have evolved an attribute (religion) that will ultimately lead to our extinction.


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