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#814 A book “Hito wa kagaku ga nigate” (People are not good at science~reported from USA~)

Some people believe the earth is flat!?

I read a book called “Hito wa kagaku ga nigate” (People are not good at science~reported from USA~).

  • Some people doubt that global warming is caused by human activities.
  • Some people believe the theory of creation, not the theory of evolution.
  • Some people believe the earth is flat not round.

Why do they think so? I was wondering.
This book answered it for me.
I’d like to share with you what the book says.

They don’t like science because it opposes to their philosophy.

The global warming skeptics, flat-earth believers, and the creationists also tend to support President Trump and the Republican party. They may also be pious Christians, evangelicals or conservatives. Some of them don’t like science because it opposes to their philosophy.
The fossil fuel industries also don’t believe in science, because they don’t want any regulations to reduce their profit. They doubt about science and scientists.

People only see what they want.

The book author says people are irrational. People only see what they want. We have emotional bias and confirmation bias. We are also surrounded by filter bubbles on the internet.

Thus, it is important to choose who to listen from. We must listen to those who are reliable and trustworthy. Your family, school and other environments educate your mind and lead you to become who you are. Unfortunately, some teachers are teaching the theory of creation in the US.

It’s very hard to persuade and change people’s mind. Because knowledge reaches the mind through the heart.

Scientists are trying to improve their communication skills and to interact with the public.

Now scientists have realized that it is important to educate the public about science. When something is incorrect, they must speak up. Scientists are trying to improve their communication skills and to interact with the public. Even though they may not be able to change people’s mind right away, they want to share the knowledge and make it easier to understand, so that more people can believe in science.

Small joy!!(2019.7)

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日々の小さな喜び(Small Joys)を英語と日本語で紹介しています。 1000個のSmall Joysまでブログを続けていきます。
2019-08-06 | Posted in English2 Comments » 

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 yoko | 2019.08.06 21:00

アメリカ人の思想って、大まかに言って、キリスト教が分からないと分かりにくいと、聞いたことがあります。
nakoさんは、どう思いますか?
やっぱりアメリカ人て、そんな感じ?
アメリカ人っていっても、今は人種が入り混じってるから、宗教も色々なんだろうけど。。。
昔は、そんな感じだったのかなぁ。。。

nako nako | 2019.08.07 22:38

この本とっても面白かったです。今年のベスト3に入るくらい。
アメリカは宗教大国で日本はその逆。
アメリカ人の方が信仰心があり真面目ではないかと思えました。

学歴のある人ほど考え方が極端になる傾向がある。「賢い愚か者」と言うらしい。
リベラルな人は悲観的な事に燃えるが、保守的な人は将来を楽観する事で前向きに物事に取り組むとされる。
なるほどなと思うところがたくさんありました。

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