What We Don’t Know, Won’t Hurt Us?

It has been proven time and time again that a large percentage of Americans are scientifically illiterate. Think to yourself, can you name more than 10 elements on the periodic table? Sure, we could all name 100 musicians, but could you think of the name of five scientists? I know I probably couldn’t. I never even think of the fact that I know so little about science. I think of it as something I should just let scientists focus on. But, it affects our everyday lives, and we affect the future of science.

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(This chart is just an example of how humans think we know all we need to about science, but in reality, on most of these topics, we were way off.) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/01/29/americans-are-still-scientifically-illiterate-and-scientists-still-need-a-pr-team/

When it comes to socio-scientific issues such as climate change and animal testing, we, as citizens, can make a huge impact. With climate change, there are ways that we move it along by doing things such as driving cars that omit fossil fuels into the environment, for example. We don’t even think twice about it, but we may be helping cause climate change everyday. Also, as far as the issue of animal testing, we are supporting this scientific atrocity by buying the products and brands that choose to do this testing. Many of us don’t even check the bottles to see if they test on animals. I think part of it is that American’s don’t really want to think about, or understand how we are destroying or impacting our world by the simple things we do everyday.

We think science is something that should be left to the intelligent book worms that have the knowledge to understand and comprehend it, but in reality, it is not that hard to understand how the world works. If we take the time to really research and try to understand socio-scientific issues, we can quickly and effectively improve our world a great deal.

-Jocelyn Scott

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3 thoughts on “What We Don’t Know, Won’t Hurt Us?

  1. I really like this post. I agree with the part where you say that people just don’t want to think about things and think that science is something that should be left to the intelligent bookworms. I think that’s the root of the problem of scientific illiteracy. Many people just don’t care to take the time to educate themselves or change their actions. Like you said, it really isn’t hard to research and quickly become more adept at understanding scientific things.

    Katie Clontz

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  2. I agree wholeheartedly. Many people don’t take the time to know more about science, even though it is so important in the world we live in.

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  3. I can name all the elements on the periodic table but those questions in class I only got about half right. I personally like animal testing. Animal testing got us a lot of drugs we had today and I would rather test on animals than humans.

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