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Your Scientific Reasoning Is More Flawed Than You Think

August 29, 2012

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=your-scientific-reasoning-more-flawed-than-you-think&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20120821

In one sense, science educators have it easy. The things they describe are so intrinsically odd and interesting — invisible fields, molecular machines, principles explaining the unity of life and origins of the cosmos — that much of the pedagogical attention-getting is built right in.  Where they have it tough, though, is in having to combat an especially resilient form of higher ed’s nemesis: the aptly named (if irredeemably clichéd) ‘preconceived idea.’ Worse than simple ignorance, naïve ideas about science lead people to make bad decisions with confidence. And in a world where many high-stakes issues fundamentally boil down to science, this is clearly a problem.

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