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Old 09-18-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Bill Nye was important (if that's the right way of seeing it) because he popularized science for a lot of people who wouldn't have been at all familiar with it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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My point is that too many young people (No I don't think you are all teeny boppers) can't even recognize these very important scientists. I feel a responsibility to make these faces, names and their contributions known.
Just wondering what we as adults are doing to educate those who don't seem to care. It is more than just a parental responsibility, it is a societal responsibility. Do you not agree?
I agree that's it's nice for young people to know about famous scientists, but I'd be much prefer that we emphasize science over scientists. It's not even any particular part of science that I think it's important for young people to understand, but more the observational and deductive reasoning crucial to the scientific method. If everyone graduating high school had an understanding of how science works (and how reason can be used to understand almost anything) I think the world we be a better place.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Bill Nye was important (if that's the right way of seeing it) because he popularized science for a lot of people who wouldn't have been at all familiar with it.
Absolutely. As much as we might not like it, we have to meet people where they are instead of trying to drag them kicking and screaming where they might not want to go. My physicist son very much injoyed Bill Nye. He probably would still have pursued physics without Bill Nye but Nye was just about the only thing on TV he showed any interest in.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I agree that's it's nice for young people to know about famous scientists, but I'd be much prefer that we emphasize science over scientists. It's not even any particular part of science that I think it's important for young people to understand, but more the observational and deductive reasoning crucial to the scientific method. If everyone graduating high school had an understanding of how science works (and how reason can be used to understand almost anything) I think the world we be a better place.
Of course you are right but we seem to live in a society fixated on personality so at least knowing about scientist and their areas of interest and contributions is a good start to get science in the lives of many.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Let's see, I know that black guy is on PBS. I know Bill Nye the Science Guy. I know Tesla (for some strange reason?). And I know Justin Beiber. The rest I would have to guess.

I guess I am really out of touch!
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:29 PM
 
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