Science is an integral part of our world. In fact, we wouldn’t be here without science. We wouldn’t be living our quality of life, we wouldn’t know what we do, we couldn’t do what we do, without scientific exploration. However, even though science is tied so closely to the lives we live at present, it is still kept at a distance. Why is this?
Discussing science isn’t something you do at the dinner table, unless you come from a family of scientists. The average suburban household isn’t abuzz with the lively scientific debate or conversation. While we are so close to science every day, we remove ourselves from it. Science is viewed as too hard, or too confusing to understand. It seems daunting to think about all of the jargon and facts and research. It can get scary to some people, especially when they can’t understand what’s being said. No one likes to be out of the loop, or to feel unintelligent. So a line has been drawn. We go about our lives and we may see scientific discourse in the news or on television programs, but still, we don’t pay it much mind. As was discussed in class, science sections in major publications are shrinking or are nonexistent. Even when they are present, a large amount of American’s can even understand what they are reading or watching. While there are specifically scientific publications one wouldn’t imagine that they’re flying off the shelves faster than GQ or Vogue.
Here lies the problem. As a society we must cast aside our fear of science. Its stigmas need to be abolished. An example of science’s deteriorating foundations can be seen on a simple level. Just look at your television programming. Two very well known and established medium for scientific programming: Animal Planet, and The Discovery Channel, have undergone massive changes. They’ve gone from scientific programming, to shows about puppies and reality television.
It is a sad sight to see, especially in a world where scientific advancement is increasing exponentially every passing day. Especially, in a world where we can’t understand or appreciate how the objects that surround us every day work to enhance our lives.
At a base level, not understanding even simple scientific method can deprive a person of so much knowledge. People can’t even understand public health messages that will benefit them because their mathematic and scientific literacy is so poor. It is time that this rift be mended and science be championed instead of turned away from. It is not just to maintain the integrity of science but to provide people with the basic necessity of understanding and interpreting their world instead of ignoring it because it requires them to think. As a society we cannot allow science to become more ignored than understood.