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.
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