The Science and Culture Initiative  

Science and technology are hugely important in today’s world.  People who understand science and the scientific process will be better prepared to make critical science-related decisions affecting society as a whole as well as those affecting their own personal lives.  And anyone who embraces the foundation of the scientific process, scientific thinking, in which ideas aren’t accepted just because someone says so but because they are supported by evidence and are consistent with the sum total of knowledge, will make better decisions whether they involve science or not.   


Science is one of the many facets of modern human culture.  It is based on explanations of how the world works created by scientists who didn't understand something they saw in the world.  It is possible to conceive of all aspects of culture, from the arts and humanities to the sciences, as ways of explaining things.  In the arts and humanities the explanations are generally about things that arise in the mind—feelings, emotions, opinions, and the like—whereas scientific explanations are about things in the natural world (including the bodies that house the brains that generate explanations).  But no matter what an explanation is about, whether it is scientific or artistic, it stems from the same place: the inescapably relentless drive to understand that is the signature characteristic of our species. 


The mission of the Science and Culture Initiative is to promote the public’s understanding of science, scientific thinking, and the connections between science and other forms of culture.