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Written to explore how we might improve science literacy among future citizens — and generally how we can foster a more humane, globally oriented society - given the technological democracy in which most of us live, this book addresses topics such as the importance of transdisciplinarity in science education, the role of science centers in improving science literacy, and the importance of creating an 'empathetic science'.
Seeking innovative approaches to science and education through interdisciplinary cross talk and a suite of new ideas, a score of wise men and women, hailing from different backgrounds and disciplines - scientists, educators, philosophers, diplomats, futurists, theologians, Nobel laureates, businessmen, and high school teachers - have come together in the creation of this thought-provoking book on science education, present and future.
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Working within a framework of general evolution, a deliberately multidisciplinary group of writers consider how to improve science literacy, and more broadly how to foster a more humane society in the context of global technological democracy. The 18 essays discuss such topics as a scienceless society, empathic science, and false experts and valid expertise. The title essay ponders on how Hercules would have approached a task such as weighing the earth's atmosphere. The collection is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Preface
Boston Forum Attendees
1 Toward a Scienceless Society? 1
2 Transdisciplinarity in Science Education and in Science Communication 15
3 The Neglected, But Not Negligible, Responsibility of Science to Society and to Future Generations 23
4 Toward an Empathic Science: The Hidden Subtext for Fundamental Educational Change 35
5 Cosmological Education for Future Generations 45
6 Tolstoy, Napoleon and Gompers 53
7 The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules 61
8 Science Education and the Crisis of Gullibility 71
9 False Experts, Valid Expertise 79
10 Confronting Complexity: A New Meaning to World Literacy 87
11 Sciences and the Future of Human Culture 101
12 The Guidance System of Higher Mind: Implications for Science and Science Education 111
13 A Question of Will, Not Knowledge 123
14 Some Remarks about Education 131
15 Science Literacy for the 21st Century: The Role of Science Centers 139
16 Networking, Interdisciplinarity, and Scientific/Technical Literacy: Perspectives from the Space Program 151
17 Why Don't Physics Students Understand Physics? Building a Consensus, Fostering Change 163
18 Toward a Science-Friendly Society 175
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