Science Event Pick: Are We Scientifically Illiterate?
"For every five hours of cable news, less than a minute is devoted to science" – Chris Mooney, Author of Unscientific America
Chris has been a lightning rod for controversy ever since he released the bestseller, The Republican War on Science, in 2006. Chris cites some famous stats that scientific illiteracy is increasing: 46 percent of Americans reject evolution and think the Earth is less than 10,000 years old. In his new book, he points the finger at a profit driven media, science phobic politicians, and the arrogance of scientists themselves. (Chris' recent showdown with famous science blogger PZ Myers is widely documented). His main point: this gap hinders productivity and has us falling behind in global innovation.
Then there was the recent Pew survey showing a widening gap between scientists and the public on key issues of global warming, evolution, and use of animals in research. The survey also looked at scientific illiteracy using a 12 question quiz (Take the quiz yourself!) with some surprising results:
- 54% incorrectly identified electrons as bigger than atoms
- 46% thought antibiotics kills viruses as well as bacteria
- 24% failed to correctly a basic question on plate tectonics
But it isn't all doom and gloom, Chris outlines his strategy for closing that gap including sexing up science and training a new generation of science ambassadors in society at large.
When: Monday, August 3rd 630 PM – 830 PM
Where: Kellogg Auditorium, Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Dr., Santa Clara, CA
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. book signing
Cost: $15 members and non-members advance. $20 members and non-members at the door, Tickets
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