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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 27 2011: By its very nature, science is constantly changing and enlarging. Therefore, there isn't a simple principle that people can latch onto and accept in it. Religion, on the other hand, has basic tenets that remain constant, so people can latch onto them and remain committed to them. Therefore, the answer to you question might be to teach science like a religion to those people that need to understand it that way.

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