terça-feira, fevereiro 19, 2008

A importância da Ciência

“Not explaining science seems to me perverse. When you’re in love, you want to tell the world."

"The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key."

Podemos encontrar no Google Vídeo uma série de vídeos dedicados à necessidade de uma maior divulgação da ciência, Break the Science Barrier.

SCIENCE is useful but that is not all it is. Science can be uplifting, thrilling, life-enhancing. Originally broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 in 1996, Break the Science Barrier follows the Oxford Biologist Richard Dawkins as he meets with people who have experienced the wonders of science first-hand.

We meet the astronomer who first discovered pulsars, the geneticist who invented DNA fingerprinting, a scientist who discovered a protein that causes cancer, and others. Dawkins interviews famous admirers of science such as Douglas Adams and David Attenborough, and asks them why science means so much to them.

We also see how dangerous ignorance of science can be in classrooms, courts, and beyond.

With so many expressing paranormal beliefs and ignorance of science, Dawkins encourages viewers to contrast these ancient superstitions with the power and beauty of our scientific achievements and understanding.

Link para o episódio 1 - QuickTime - Google Vídeo

Link para o episódio 2 -
QuickTime - Google Vídeo

Link para o episódio 3 -
QuickTime - Google Vídeo

Cortesia De Rerum Natura

Richard Dawkins - Página oficial

Richard Dawkins - Fundação para a Razão e Ciência

Dave's Richard Dawkins Resource Page

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