Does science take a back seat for you?

United States
August 4, 2010 11:29am CST
I admit, I'm a science nut. I've been science oriented all my life and it continues to fascinate me. But sooo many of my friends could care less about science. And yet, without science, the vast majority of us wouldn't be living like we do. Imagine no cell phones, no cars, no TV, no computers, no lovely pictures of space from the Hubble Space Telescope. Science is at the core of soooo many things that we all take for granted, and yet I see interest in science declining. So I ask you, does science take a back seat for you? Do you really care about the science that went into all the things you used daily? Or do you just care that it works? Shouldn't we be encouraging our children to explore science? Or do you think we have enough brilliant scientists already? Isn't science interesting to you? Why, or why not? Shouldn't we be appreciating science a lot more these days?
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8 responses
• United States
16 Aug 10
Maybe if I had been encouraged to take an interest in science as a child, I would have had more interest in it during my lifetime. Alas, it has been one area of knowledge that I am so lacking. However, I am learning to take an interest in science and am enJOYing the new information floating into my brain. And I must thank you for that, too, Gary, as running into you on Gather was probably the thing that got me to care about scientific things from more than just a user point of view.
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• United States
16 Aug 10
Cool! I'm so glad that I've had some small positive influence on you! But I do think that I have to work harder to make science interesting to folks, instead of just presenting the dry, boring results that current research often produces. I think it can be a real artform to popularize science. Its presentation to the public is all important, because if there's no attempt to make the science interesting to all kinds of people, then it's just not going to go anywhere. Thanks so much for adding your thoughts, Ruthi!
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• United States
16 Aug 10
Well, if anyone can make science interesting, you certainly can. You've a great sense of humor, a great writing talent, and you're knowledgeable on the subject matter. You even have the ability to throw a bit o' graphic artistry into the mix!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
4 Aug 10
I think science is awesome! While I had 14 hrs of science in college, it was all pretty basic stuff. I read more, but there is a limit to how much I really understand beyond the basics - because I don't have the chemical or mathematical back ground to follow up. I do think there needs to be more push on science and math in school, because if we don't keep going forward, we will lose what we have
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• United States
5 Aug 10
Ahh, yes, I think we need more emphasis on both science and math in schools. It might even be a case of just trying to stay even in the ever more competitive world of scientific innovation these days! Curiously, math was never easy for me, and yet when I went to college for my computer science degree, the math required was phenomenal. I only needed 3 more math classes to complete a second degree in mathematics. But I guess it didn't do me any harm other than to tax my brain a bit. :-)
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
5 Aug 10
Back in the dark ages when I took my SAT and ACT tests, I rated in like the 53% for English and 51% for math in both tests... in the ACT, however, they also did Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Reading comprehension. I was in the low 80% for reading, about 93% for Natural Science and 97% for Social Science... Unfortunately, back in the dark ages, they barely recognized dyslexia, much less other learning disabilities and it seems I have a "language learning disability" that affects both my English, Math and the ability to learn foreign languages - so while I had 30 hrs of History, it was still only a minor because you have to have a foreign language to have a History Major... or at least back in the dark ages...
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• Canada
4 Aug 10
I'm definitely with you, science is extremely important. It saddens me that so many people are so out of touch with the amazing knowledge we have access to, and the things that are really important. But, as it stands, more people would rather watch Jersey Shore, play video games, or surf TMZ while at Starbucks. It boggles my mind. Children need to be taught the scientific method and be able to apply it. In America, that's not always the case. It disgusts me that there are many people who try to stifle teaching science based on religious convictions. There can never be enough brilliant minds. Stupidity is dangerous.
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• United States
4 Aug 10
Well said! I'm in the U.S. and I am seeing way too much disregard for science. And recently there has been more and more conflict between religion and science, much of it centering around the teaching of evolution which is one of the most evidenced theories in the history of mankind. There's so much hypocrisy from those folks that depend on science every day of their lives and yet who would deny the truth of it if it happens to conflict with their religious beliefs. I try so hard to be a science popularizer by posting science news and views on other sites, and generally trying to spread the knowledge around. Science popularizers have sometimes been criticized, but I think the more the public recognizes and understands science the more our society can progress in reasonable ways. If I ever get to that magic user rating number, I'll be able to post more on mylot with photos and illustrations in my discussion posts. Thanks so much for your response! :-)
• Canada
4 Aug 10
Luckily I surround myself with friends who are interested in new scientific discoveries and enjoy discussing important issues. So for awhile I had a hard time watching a lot of the stuff going on in the U.S. regarding the teaching of evolution and other scientific matters that threaten religion. I went to Catholic school here in Canada my entire life, and yet I was still taught about the big bang and evolution - and yet a public school in America refuses to do so? Absurd. I'm glad to see you on mylot Timothy, I hope you stick around awhile because we need more folks like yourself here. I look forward to seeing more discussions from you.
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@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
11 Oct 10
I am also a science nut and well on here I am most likely one of science nuts that go to the religion part of this website and am often evolved in their discussions against evolution which often is tied into the Big bang/ Great Expansion theory when they aren't connected in anyway. But I think we really should appreciate science a lot more as it has created some great advances for all of us.
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• United States
12 Oct 10
Hi dark_joev! I'm so glad to find another science guy here on MyLot! I agree, science has moved us forward in a positive way that no other influence can claim. Even those who have no interest in science at all still yak away on their cell phones, use their GPS systems, surf the internet, and a million other things that they wouldn't have if it weren't for the science behind it all. Ironic isn't it?
@TikaTalk (89)
• United States
6 Aug 10
I believe science is how we know things are real. Science helps us discover the answers to all the questions in our head with proof. I believe science takes precedence any time someone says "Prove it!"
• United States
16 Aug 10
Indeed! I right with you there, Tika! It's the "discovery" that draws me to science. It's not only exciting to learn new things, but it can be even more exciting to learn new things that nobody ever knew before! Not that I personally have discovered something like this, but rather that I can share in the excitement of when scientists learn something new about our world and/or universe that nobody ever knew before!
@CatGods (4596)
• United States
4 Aug 10
I absolutely love science because it advances us as a species and explains things from the past. I consider the finer things in life as science, art, mathematics, music, reading/language, and history. I guess you could say that I am into education. Learning is so fun.
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• United States
5 Aug 10
Boy, I'm with you there all the way! If I could afford it, I'd be a full-time college student for the rest of my life. The academic environment is just so very stimulating - it's easy to get hooked on learning! :-)
@savypat (20246)
• United States
4 Aug 10
I love science, it's like magic with an explaination. I watch it every chance I get on the TV and read what ever I can understand.
• United States
4 Aug 10
Ahhh, very good! I really like how you put it: magic with an explanation! Thanks!
@Humbug25 (12551)
4 Aug 10
Hi ya GDTimothy Hmmm, some things interest me and others dont or am I getting confused by technology? lol
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• United States
4 Aug 10
Ha! Getting confused by technology is an easy thing to do! But I understand that people have widely varying interests, and that's okay by me. I just think that science seems to be taking a very backseat position with too many folks that don't even appreciate what science has done for them. So basically, I'm just wondering what folks think about it. Of course I admit that I'm biased because I've been fascinated by science ever since I can remember.