Our society is becoming ever more complex. The skills necessary to remain competitive in the workforce are increasing, living expenses are rising, the vast onslaught of information is overwhelming, technologies that pose threats are advancing at exponential rates, and political climates and public opinions are becoming more polarized. To handle this complexity, the ability to deploy critical thinking skills to discern fact from fiction and make important decisions is vital at an individual, national, and global level. Alarmingly, a large percentage of Americans lack these skills. American astronomer, astrophysicist, author, and science popularizer, Carl Sagan, said this combination of technology, complexity, and lack of understanding is, “a prescription for disaster.” In attempts to avoid this disaster, my research examines the effectiveness of our teaching methodologies, the portrayal of science in the media, our cultural values, and our lack of civic engagement. Further, it promotes the ability of science to: develop critical thinking and decision making skills, bring nations and people together, find purpose and meaning in our lives, and gain new perspectives of ourselves, humanity, and our planet—in hopes of renewing the importance and awe of science to ensure the survival and prosperity of a modern and civilized species.
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- Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology
A large percentage of the American population lacks critical and skeptical thinking skills, which in our growingly complex society, poses a threat to our survival as a species. Renewing the importance and awe of sciences ensures the survival and prosperity of a modern and civilized species.