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

Scientific Literacy Isn’t just Knowing Science Facts

  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, […]

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.

Should The Public Be Trusted With Dangerous Information?

Should The Public Be Trusted With Dangerous Information?

Can the public be trusted with dangerous knowledge? This might seem like a silly question to ask in the age of the internet where just about everything is already available to the public. However, it’s an important issue that is still highly debated. I recently saw a documentary called American Anarchist which features ‘The Anarchist […]

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 […]