Astro Seminar: "Can We Teach Scientific Critical Thinking to non-Scientists and Scientists Alike? (A Modestly Grandiose Educational Proposal to Save the World, Up for Discussion)

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 14:00 - 15:00
Saul Perlmutter (LBNL)

There is a body of techniques and practices, a language and culture,
that is usually implicitly taught by apprenticeship and osmosis to
graduate students and postdocs. This is the underpinning of an
approach to the world that is shared by scientists, but not much used
(or understood) by the rest of society. Can we make these implicit
concepts explicit, and teach them to all undergraduates, whether or
not they intend to be scientists? Could this help our society
address difficult issues such as are raised by the global environment
and economics? Does the discipline of physics have a particular
role to play? And what can we learn from our social psychologist
colleagues? This talk is intended to start a discussion. 

David Rittenhouse Laboratory, Room A4