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Scientific Literacy Isn’t just Knowing Science Fact...

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  This post relates a lot to the above quote. When people think of scientific literacy it makes sense that they think it’s general scientific knowledge and understanding. But scientific literacy has to do with things that may be traced back to science, but isn’t technically scientific knowledge. Examples include; understanding how to use technology, […]

Astronomy As A Tourist Attraction

Astronomy As A Tourist Attraction

I travel a lot, and during my travels I have encountered many places where astronomy is a central part of tourism. Especially in the United States, in almost every state you can visit at least one observatory.   Public observatories like Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, or Lowell observatory in Flagstaff dedicate themselves to being […]

Internet Access as a Human Rights Issue

Internet Access as a Human Rights Issue

Is Internet access a human right? Many people and organizations seem to think so. In July and August 2012 the Internet Society conducted online interviews of more than 10,000 Internet users in 20 countries. In response to the statement “Access to the Internet should be considered a basic human right”: 83% responded that they somewhat […]

Why We Founded Scientific Literacy Matters

Why We Founded Scientific Literacy Matters

In short we founded SLM (Scientific Literacy Matters) to promote a more reasonable way of thinking in society. It’s been shown time, and time again, that most things ailing humanity comes from ignorance or misinformation. War, poverty, oppression; all things that stem from misconceptions.

Statement on Scientific Literacy from a Spaceflight Histo...

Statement on Scientific Literacy from a Spaceflight Historian

Emily Carney has written articles for AmericaSpace, Ars Technica, and other online outlets throughout the last decade. She founded the Space Hipsters group on Facebook in 2011, and has her own spaceflight blog called This Space Available     Scientific literacy is key to developing the critical thinking processes that are essential to fueling future […]

The Right To Repair: A Scientific Literacy Issue

The Right To Repair: A Scientific Literacy Issue

The right to repair is and has been threatened for a long time. Unfortunately the bad guys are winning this fight. Suddenly we find ourselves in a time where repairing your broken car, phone or computer seems outright unrealistic. Devices are deliberately being engineered to be hard to repair, so only the manufacturers themselves can […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.