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Sigal Tifferet

Senior Lecturer, Ruppin Academic Center


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Can people who deny science be educated? How?

Some of my undergraduate students deny scientific research with the following claims: (1) my experience shows otherwise, (2) scientific results are always changing, (3) each person has his own truth.
Is there a way to change their way of thinking, or should it be treated as a belief, similar to religion which is unfalsifiable?
If it is subject to change, how would you go about achieving that change?
Please do not answer the question "Should people who deny science be educated?", that is a different issue.


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    Feb 17 2011: It may be worth trying with very young people for those who have a vested interest in those young people's future, however once people mature, it's typically futile to try.

    Besides, people who reject science have abdicated their responsibility to think rationally and objectively on their own, so what's the point of trying?

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      Feb 17 2011: I think it's fair to say that as an academic argument you may be right. Sadly, the point remains that irrationality spreads like a disease and the irrational person can still vote. Can still invest. Can still donate to powerful causes which stand at odds with reason.
    • Feb 17 2011: i prefer to see the colours than to know the theories about the colours and wave lenghs.
      i prefer direct experience than scientifical knewlegde. and so do children.
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        Feb 18 2011: Okay.. so when a child asks about how a rainbow is formed, then what do we say? I mean can we deny scientific knowledge and the scientific method?

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