The promotion of scientific illiteracy in the United States is beginning to exact a toll on not only the United States' economy (and its global competitiveness), but also on its national security.
Scientific illiteracy---and its increasingly radical and public promotion, constitute a national tragedy and disgrace; a national tragedy and disgrace that is creating a population lacking even a basic scientific understanding of the immediate world in which it lives.
What can be done to remedy this tragedy and disgrace? What can be done to reconnect Americans with the value of scientific literacy?
Perhaps we need more (interesting) evolutions. Biological evolution has become quite outdated. Perhaps inventing a super-quantum evolution will fix the whole issue.
Mockery is really a waste of time and not funny and not clever.
Exactly what mechanism was involved in/behind this perception of yours?
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Not nearly as funny as someone who states a premise that the historical clearly shows to be false.
Frequently, you and other atheists / agnostics proclaim illiteracy and or ignorance upon any who disagree with the conclusions drawn from, and sometimes by, science. (Documentation available upon request, not bannable ) If we don't agree with you we must be ignorant. You flatter yourself if you are assuming you are understanding things we aren't. Ironically, most of the science you claim we are ignorant of is not even complicated. The observations aren't usually what we disagree with, it is the conclusions and interpretations.
Is there scientific illiteracy in America and is it an issue? Yes to both, but not by those who you accuse. There is a great deal of apathy regarding many issues which do plague use. Based on interactions in these forums, it seems to me you are fired up not based on the apathetic, who are typically not even represented here, but rather those who have come to different conclusions than you, and refuse to acquiesce in order to be counted among the self described "brights". Just because someone doesn't ascribe to scientism, doesn't mean they don't understand science.
Intelligent Design is not science. It never will be, until physical evidence of a supposed creator is found. And if such a creator was found, its creation is full of so many crimes against life that it should be hunted down and slaughtered for the good of everything.
But, we already know that isn't true. Those who are scientifically illiterate are completely incapable of not only understanding the observations, but especially the conclusions. If they did understand, they would attack the principles and postulates showing how they are wrong. Instead, they pull out their holy books and wave their arms around frantically.
Globally I'd say scientific awareness seems to be less important than technical supremacy. The 'big league' players' such as China, US, Germany, Japan use applied science more than anything other.
What branch(es) of science did you have in mind, mbuggieh? Pure, evolutionary, physics or natural? Some parts of the world put more stress in scientific education than others, the purer aspects being more of a 'luxury'.
Of all the branches, computer science currently holds all the aces, as it furthers technical progress in manufacturing and engineering.
Illiterate? You really think so?
Your comments, ... "What can be done to reconnect..." " ... creating a population lacking even a basic scientific understanding ..." suggest that there was a time, or perhaps a "golden age" in the United States when people were, overall, more scientifically literate. Can you please give us some dates, and proofs to back up this assertion? The current degree of environmental pollution leads me to believe that you couldn't possibly be talking about anytime since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Surely, a scientifically literate society would understand enough not to contaminate their own water supply and food source.
"What can be done to remedy this tragedy and disgrace? What can be done to reconnect Americans with the value of scientific literacy?"
Close the borders against illegal entry, defend the borders against Radical Religious Jerks and get our heads out of the oil slicks of other countries. That would be a good start. Any science experiments or inventions we come up with today are the result of our quest of power, war and $!
What DOES bring forth a golden age in any society?
Let's start there, Mbuggish! (excuse me, I mean, mbuggieh)
What does bring forth a Golden Age?????
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