Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why is Science Important?

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden planetarium and the host of the new Cosmos series.  He spoke in this little 2-3 minute blurb about why everyone needs a basic understanding of science (science literacy).

Watch the video and tell me:  what are some other examples of situations in life where people might try to "pull one over on you" where an understanding of science and questioning would be helpful.  The example given in the video is of someone telling you that crystals will heal certain diseases.








27 comments:

  1. Someone could claim to be able to heal bald patches with a cream you put on your head, and if your are science literate, you can ask them how it works, what the science is behind it, what it contains, and so on and so forth.

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  2. People can try to trick you by saying that an acne product will clear your acne. By saying it gets rid of your zits but zits go away after time. So is the acne product actually working? Kiana Dorris, Daniel Peugh

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  3. Proactive DOESNT Work .
    Neither does that stupid fosheigi ball -____-


    -kaitlin torbergson

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  4. The marked is stuffed beyond capacity with false propaganda. I find it hard to safely buy *anything* anymore. The Shamwow, for example, is a complete ripoff.

    ~Emma Young

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  5. A person says that some "Magical Pill" can help you lose weight, when in reality it only slims down your wallet.

    -David Chase

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  6. another thing where people would try to trick you would bein popular magazines, trying to make you believe that you have to do this or dress like this or wear this makeup to be beautiful, when really you dont have to do any of that stuff

    -Justin Moreno

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  7. Science is important to know because no one wants to be taken as a fool so its good to question things and test them.
    -Stacy Morales

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  8. Lotion because some companies say it keeps you not ashy and sometimes i put ones on and i be ashy

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  9. Acne products. The commercials always say that they work but they dont ever mention side effects. And in reality they dont really work. So this would be something to ask questions about or to test.

    -Julia V.

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  10. hair restoration. they always say that it will look like your natural hair and you wont be bald anymore. but they just use a different picture of a person with hair.
    Kaden D.

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  11. one sitution in life where someone pulls you over is when antrapunewers sell you something.

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  12. False advertising is spotted everywhere, like on TV or the internet. ALL THE TIME there are ProActive infomercials on TV saying that ProActive is a "bottle of magic!" Hearing from people who have used this product, ProActive works for a little while and then ruins your face worse than it was before ProActive is applied. Another example is when pop-ups appear on the internet saying something like, "Congratulations! You win a free iPad 2!" and then when you click on the link, you either have to subscribe to something or give personal information and still won't even get an iPad! False advertising should be illegal.

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  13. Bailleeeyyyy H. (:January 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    red bull gives you wings? sike.. but no, seriously energy drinks are just packed with sugar and caffine.
    -Bailey H.

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  14. i think that shampoo companies could try tick u they will say it gives you thicker hair but really has some cheap soap

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  15. Some people say that listening to music will help you more on a test.

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  16. People might trick you by saying those diet shakes make you lose weight, but in reality you dont lose any.

    - Helen Yi
    Period 5

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  17. Some people say that chewing gum will make you less hungry.

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  18. people try to "pull one over on you" everywhere. even at your house. It happens on tv advertising commercials and the internet. like when those little pop ups come up on your screen. they lie and tell you something is perfectly safe when its not. they do this for makeup, face wASH(like proactive), clothes, hair dye, etc.

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  19. Some companies will show "costumers" who market their product as unimaginable perfect, when in reality these people may be paid spokespeople.

    -Dominic Burgi P5

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  20. Someone could convince you that eating bad food could be good to you if you put some mirical dust on it.

    -Ryan Brownell

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  21. It would be helpful to have an understanding of questioning whenever someone tries to sell me various products either through commercials or in person. If you ask them questions about how they work or whats in them and they don't know the answer then the product might be a scam.

    ~Anna Broome

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  22. The use of natural medicines, instead of real medicine your doctor tell you to take.

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  23. People could trick you about losing weight with pills and other things. givingyou false information and showing people that may have never used it or are paid to talk about the product

    Mr. Burns, Nathaniel

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  24. people could trick you into believeing food is healthier by saying its fresh and all natuaral....mcdonalds.....
    -michael meinecke-

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  25. some people say that if you suck on a peppermint mint when taking a test you will do better

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  26. If someone were to come up to you and ask you if you wanted to buy something with certain "powers" it would be useful to know if the object is a fake or not.
    McKenna Fietz

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