Science and the Public Mind

Science and the Public Mind

Science and the Public Mind

Science and the Public Mind

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It is a commonplace that we are living in an age that has been revolutionized by science, which is constantly modifying the conditions of life still further. Whatever else may be said regarding the nature of "adult education" and regarding its desirability, science has imposed new demands upon us, for the workings of science in modern living are such that men and women are constantly called upon to readjust their thinking and their practices.

In the seventy-five years that have elapsed since the publication of Darwin Origin of Species, science has completely changed its place in our common thought. From being a major mystery in the custody of a few curious men who had somehow mastered certain of nature's secrets, and then a collection of several "subjects" taught more or less thoroughly to young people in the schools, science has come to be a dynamic process of scrutiny and research that attacks and transforms every phase of thought and practice. The men and women who make up the active adults of our population must attend to science, in one or another of its many aspects, whether they wish to or not. And they do.

DANGER OF LITTLE KNOWLEDGE

The popularization of science has tended to become something of a condescension. Many of those who make it their business to tell the world what the scientists are doing have been disposed to emphasize the spectacular and exciting. Science has produced startling results by bringing about action through space. Not . . .

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