Posts in category Scientific Literacy

Statement on Scientific Literacy from a Science Teacher

Statement on Scientific Literacy from a Science Teacher

Amber Struthers, a science teacher working in Arizona has agreed to publish a statement on scientific literacy through us. She has a BS in Life Science, and BEd in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. MS in Biology from University of Arizona, MEd in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a PhD in Education from […]

Swedish Government Guilty of False Advertising

Swedish Government Guilty of False Advertising

In Sweden the government is responsible for selling all alcohol, through a chain of stores called “Systembolaget”. Recently signs have popped up in these stores urging people to buy organic products, for the sake of the environment. A lovely sentiment to be sure, but are their good intentions based on reality? This was interesting to […]

Happy World Press Freedom Day?

Happy World Press Freedom Day?

Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico Today is the ‘World Press Freedom day”, a day meant to celebrate the right to report on facts to the public without governmental intervention. And indeed many countries have freedom of press laws. Freedom of press is generally improving over time. But at the same time there is no lack […]

The National March for Science

My journey started in Indianapolis International Airport, time 0500, waiting at the gate, for my flight with United Airlines (or not). My name was called by the gate attendant, “we’re still looking for passenger, Lavine.” Oh what could it be? As it turns out, I received an upgrade to First Class. Not that it made […]

Why We are Marching For Science, An Unfortunately Necessa...

Why We are Marching For Science, An Unfortunately Necessary Clarification (Updated)

Updated with new information 17/04-2017 On April the 22nd we will be sending a representative to Washington DC to march for science. The point is to let the new government know that we will not stand for scientific censorship, and to bring public awareness to scientific issues. Scientific Literacy Matters is very serious about equality […]

SLM Will Be Marching in DC on Earth Day

SLM Will Be Marching in DC on Earth Day

Hello, once again, our dearest readers. I’ve been trying to think of a clever way to pen this, but I think, instead, I will go with the cut-and-dry method, as the topic calls for it.

Is Natural Selection Making us Dumber?

Is Natural Selection Making us Dumber?

Many certainly feel like the world is getting dumber. There’s plenty of data to contradict that. Average global IQ is increasing, more and more people are getting access to education. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we are getting smarter either.

Peer Review VS. Public Review

Peer Review VS. Public Review

How is scientific research evaluated? Usually through peer-review. Other researchers versed in the subject look through the work and check for errors or ways it can be improved. That’s all good and well, one or more people look over your work and validate it. But what if the general public possessed the knowledge to do […]

Wise Words By Carl Sagan About Scientific Literacy

Wise Words By Carl Sagan About Scientific Literacy

Carl Sagan the astronomer known for being probably the worlds best science popularizer had as you might expect quite a lot to say about the issue of scientific literacy. In fact the book Demon Haunted World is almost exclusively about scientific literacy and the issue of pseudoscience and why we believe in it. I have […]

Why I’m raising money to march for science

Why I’m raising money to march for science

When I was a student in 1st grade I avidly read 20-page books about very typical young kid things like football teams. But when I stumbled upon detailed scientific picture books, I found myself checking out the books about volcanoes and tornadoes and hurricanes and dinosaurs too. These things had me interested in learning about […]