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The University of Oregon Science Literacy Program (UO SLP) offers General Education courses for non-science majors designed to improve scientific awareness and general science literacy of the educated public by enhancing competence in and appreciation of science. The SLP will empower undergraduates to consider scientific approaches to societal issues, enable graduate students in the sciences to effectively communicate ideas to audiences of non-scientists, and assist faculty in improving teaching techniques using modern pedagogy.

The Science Literacy Program at the University of Oregon

Yes. Yes. Yes. We need this so badly.

(via sciencecenter)

Artists are the interface between revolutions and life. Artists bring in the human factor to revolutions that get their start in technology and science. We’re used to thinking that progress comes from the technology, science, and financial sectors. Culture brings, in truth, a slower, more sustainable, more holistic and trustworthy kind of progress.

Paola Antonelli on her new role as MoMA’s first director of R&D. Also see Antonelli on design as the interface between progress and humanity and the communication between people and objects.

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A – This is why it’s important to establish a culture of scientific acceptance and education. Because otherwise, it’s going to be pretty slow going.

He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.

Bill Nye

He’s discussing Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), who is known for two things:

  1. Asserting that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “all lies straight from the pit of Hell.”
  2. Serving on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Can’t change #1, but I think we should change #2.

(via jtotheizzoe)

And now, after billions of years of experience and preconditioning on this earth (from the development of the first one-celled amoeba to our present human complex) we have no valid excuse for not performing superbly.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (1947)

So now you must choose… Are you a child who has not yet become world-weary? Or are you a philosopher who will vow never to become so? To children, the world and everything in it is new, something that gives rise to astonishment. It is not like that for adults. Most adults accept the world as a matter of course. This is precisely where philosophers are a notable exception. A philosopher never gets quite used to the world. To him or her, the world continues to seem a bit unreasonable – bewildering, even enigmatic. Philosophers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder…

-Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World

Just as prevalent when you replace “philosopher” with scientist.

It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing ebooks from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their ebooks for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users. Let’s be clear on what this means: If our libraries’ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction bestseller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishers’ policies. The popular Bared to You and The Glass Castle are not available in libraries because libraries cannot purchase them at any price. Today’s teens also will not find the digital copy of Judy Blume’s seminal Forever, nor today’s blockbuster “Hunger Games” series.

Libraries around the country are developing mobile applications and online discovery systems that make it easier to explore books and authors on the go. Seventy-six percent of public libraries now offer ebooks – double the number from only five years ago – and 39 percent of libraries have purchased and circulate e-readers. Public libraries alone spend more than $1.3 billion annually on their collections of print, audio, video, and electronic materials. They are investing not only in access to content and devices, but also in teaching the skills needed to navigate and utilize digital content successfully.


Librarians understand that publishing is not just another industry. It has special and important significance to society. Libraries complement and, in fact, actively support this industry by supporting literacy and seeking to spread an infectious and lifelong love of reading and learning. Library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics, and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a de facto discovery, promotion, and awareness service for authors and publishers.


We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s – and tomorrow’s – readers. The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to ebooks as they have to printed books.

So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers, and inventors. Books and knowledge – in all their forms – are essential. Access to them must not be denied.

Important, strongly worded open letter to publishers by American Library Association president Maureen Sullivan, lest we forget what libraries do for society. (via explore-blog)

Sexual selection is a marvelous thing. It leads to behaviors like the singing of humpback whales, physical attributes like the plumage of birds-of-paradise; and the building of extraordinarily elaborate structures, like those constructed by the bower birds of Australia and New Guinea — and, it seems, by tiny fish off the coast of Japan.

Mystery Underwater Sand Circles (via canisfamiliaris)

Science is a way of equipping yourself with the tools to interpret what happens in front of you.

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via jtotheizzoe)

Scientific illiteracy in the House of Representatives isn’t a harmless thing that can be taken lightly. Unlike schoolchildren, government officials have a vast amount of influence on how science is used by our government and understood by its citizens. By remaining scientifically illiterate, Representatives are more likely to oppose science-based solutions to problems such as comprehensive sexual education and support unproven solutions such as abstinence-only education. They are more likely to ignore warnings about climate change, preferring instead to turn to religion and other supernatural ideologies to understand changes in the natural world. Unfortunately, the result of this ignorance is real world suffering….

Why is the House of Representatives Science-Illiterate? (via canisfamiliaris)

The extent to which these legislatures appear to hold such anti-science attitudes, and the positions they hold, is distressing. There’s no way we can advance as a country if our policies are being decided by people who are determined to ignore strong scientific evidence (or scientific reasoning at all).

I certainly want [my readers] to think like scientists – to think critically, skeptically – but I also want them to be imbued with the poetry of the universe, the poetry of reality, which is what science is.

Richard Dawkins, echoing the famous words of Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan, in this great BBC 4 Radio interview

Also see Dawkins’s The Magic of Reality, a children’s book debunking religious mythology with the awe of science.

Took the words right outta my mouth, Richard!! -J

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