Letter: Knowledge unveiled by science
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
I once told a co-worker that I didn't like rap music. For me, it was a party and I wasn't invited. He laughed at that because, for one, he was a DJ and knew the community; and for two, he knew me and probably understood exactly what I was talking about. I am an outsider and always will be.
I wonder if people don't view science the same way? I know a lot of people who put a blanket curse on the whole thing but I never really understood why until now. They feel like "outsiders," as if it's an elitist party and they're not invited.
You don't have to be a theoretical physicist, or even have a high-level education, just curious. If you're willing to invest the time, then you're invited to the party. The payoff is quite rewarding, interesting, and potentially lifesaving.
As a first step, I recommend thinking about what we see every day that involves science.
For good source material, check out Science Friday on National Public Radio.
Brace yourself; intrigue to follow.