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Re: Science education

On Sat, 17 Oct 2009, Alex Spanjer wrote:

"nerd." Even those who are interested in science, pretend not to be so they
won't be labeled as nerds. What's more, dinosaurs (paleontology) is seen as
something only little kids like, rather than a possible career.
On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 7:43 PM, Phillip Bigelow <bigelowp@juno.com> wrote:
American interest in science FICTION is very strong.

Science, science fiction... Go back to the 1950s and the mad scientist movies (acutally, you can go back a little further but that's a good starting point). There was a distrust expressed of science and scientists
which somewhat predates the nerd label. Stephen King, I believe, talks
about this in his book on writing, "Danse Macabre". (I'd have to dig up
my copy - if I still have it - to confirm that) I believe it was a reaction to the pace of technology, the atomic bomb and all that. Nice
quote from the movie "Day the Earth Stood Still" illustrates this

The alien "suggests" an explanation for a spaceship's propulsion system
and a bystander says "Keep going, mister; he was falling for it."

I'm not sure why this attitude persists; can't say as I say that much of
myself when I was in high school (back in um um a while back).