Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan has made his way into the pages of Salvo a few times over the years, so I thought this would be a good time to dig up one of those articles for your reading pleasure. NIKE AIR MAX TAILWIND 8

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It’s an oldie (from issue #11), but most Salvo articles stand up to the test of time and remain as culturally relevant as ever. nike free run 5 0 rosso uomo

For example… In Scientocracy Rules, Casey Luskin writes:

Imagine a world where Sagan and his followers controlled science, media, politics, and most everything else. Nevada Wolf Pack Jerseys Canotta Bambini We might call it a “Scientocracy.” And for Sagan’s followers, that goal is reachable, so long as we let scientism—the pretension that science can solve all of our problems—govern society. If Sagan is Allah, then his messenger just might be Chris Mooney, a science journalist whose recent book with Sheril Kirshenbaum, Unscientific America: How Science Illiteracy Threatens our Future (Basic Books, 2009), mentions the astronomer’s name no fewer than 60 times. According to Mooney, we need an America where “science has far more prominence in politics and the media . FREE 5.0

. College Jerseys Store Detroit Pistons . Air Jordan 4 asics femme and ultimately, far more influence where it truly matters—namely setting the agenda for the future as far out as we can glimpse it.” The key to fulfilling Sagan’s vision is to produce a populace that shows a “broader acceptance” of science and that is “as scientifically literate as anyone could reasonably hope for.” At base, scientific literacy is certainly not a bad thing. Nike France new balance 373 bleu orange nike air max thea blanc strass A scientifically literate individual is simply someone capable of making informed decisions about scientific questions in both his personal and his civic life. adidas superstar 360 dzieci?ce new balance 446 sos

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    Luskin goes on to write:

    The public is increasingly skeptical that the media is telling the whole story, but it still trusts scientists. Air Max Flyknit
    Canotta Memphis Grizzlies New Balance 1400 hombre Thus, Unscientific America ends with an emphatic call for scientists to “engage” with society because “science itself must become the common culture.” The hope is that scientists can become cool, hip, and chic, and thereby convince everyone to accept their views. New Balance 996 hombre cheap fjallraven kanken sale If the plan succeeds, we’ll witness an army of graduate-degree-boasting and sound-byte-spewing scientists carrying the good news of scientific consensus to the ends of the earth. adidas yeezy boost 350 v2 m?skie Nike Air Jordan Baratas And for those academics who feel that telling the public what to believe is below their pay grade, there’s a cleaner option: “Arm graduate-level science students with the skills to communicate the value of what science does and to get into better touch with our culture.”

    Hey, you know, I think I’ve seen examples of this sort of “engagement”! I wonder if Sagan would be proud… nike damskie buty NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR3

    Further reading. asics gel lyte pas cher Danny Amendola Jersey Clearing Up Cosmos: The Unofficial Guide to Cosmos: Fact and Fiction in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Landmark Science Series reviewed by Terrell Clemmons

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