Posts in category Philosophy

The Pale Blue Dot

The Pale Blue Dot

The pale blue dot. It’s what astronomer Carl Sagan called our home planet when he viewed it from the furthest vantage point a picture of Earth was ever taken. It’s also a beautiful speech, which many agree that everyone should listen very carefully to. The speech brings about a feeling that our problems might not […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for […]

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 […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Addresses The Current Scientific Illi...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Addresses The Current Scientific Illiteracy Crisis

Last week astrophysicist and science populariser Neil deGrasse Tyson held a speech at Greensboro Coliseum, addressing the current crisis of science illiteracy that we are facing. Here is a summary of that speech: “Americans overall are bad at science. Scared of math. Poor at physics and engineering. Resistant to evolution. This science illiteracy,is a threat […]

The World From Another Point Of View

The World From Another Point Of View

This very interesting talk with Dr Richard Feynman takes on the issue of questioning everything. Scientific literacy makes you view the world in a very different way. 

Carl Sagan On The Issue Of ‘God’

Carl Sagan On The Issue Of ‘God’

  The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying… […]

Atheists to man made Gods, Agnostic to the unknown and un...

  Atheism to man made religions is not something that we can categorize as unprovable. See, we atheists aren’t the ones making outlandish claims about the universe lacking evidence and reason, that belongs to religion. So with all due respect, I disagree with religious people on a lot of things. Agnosticism is truly the more […]

Welcome to Scientific Literacy Matters

So what is this website about? Everything to do with the universe that we encounter. We are here to bring about the beauty in scientific literacy.