Popular misconceptions about the nature of science play right into the hands of climate change and evolution deniers. No one is served by stories suggesting that science advances in a series of heroic eureka moments, or that science can be “done” with no further investigation necessary. This week, an article about how students benefit from learning how science really works, and another decrying the layoff of hundreds of climate scientists. Also, a segment from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight that highlights how news coverage can reinforce misconceptions about how science works. Meanwhile, science continues to deepen our understanding of the history of both humans and our planet, and the news continues to provide abundant examples of human-caused problems that urgently require attention.
May 20, 2016