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Reflection on The Summers Theory
I've been following the Summers Theory e-mail up to its conclusion and it
has presented the following points.
1) More education is needed for young scientists (particularly in high
school) in two areas.
*) the ability to back up statements and not present false material
*) to properly identify themselves and not act out a charade in order
to be heard
First year science at my University consisted of continous lectures of
back-up your statements and do not dismiss data and outliers because it
may be relevant. My High School science education had not touched on this
very important topic. Clearly this must be amended.
2) Young members of this mailing list should be heard out and not
dismissed due to their age.
I feel that young people should feel encouraged to post to this listing
(after all they'll be running the place in 50 years) and if they present
an idea with flaws other members of this listing should take it upon
themselves to point out the mistakes and suggest alternatives.
The main ingredient that makes the Internet one of the most revolutionary
things since the printing press is its ability to allow anyone (those
with access of course) the freedom to present their ideas to anyone who
is willing to listen/read. And this is also its bane because these
opinions/charade can be confused as fact and lead to all sorts of
It might also be good policy to include a set of rules (of which most of
you would unconsciously know anyway) on correct procedures to post to
this list so that younger members do not unwittingly cause such mahem.
Undergraduate - University of Queensland, Australia