if I could be so bold, here are a few ideas.
1. Never stop learning.
2. Be an advocate for the scientific method (never stop testing facts to be sure they hold true).
3. Listen to other people's statements or opinions and consider/weigh their truthfulness.
4. Never be afraid to tactfully express what facts you know in order to stimulate further conversation on a topic.
5. Teach these 4 things to those who are willing to learn.
- People in the world are never against real science that can be proven and tested in our world today but evolution is not one of those. science is something that must be tested over and over again to achieve accurate results and not theory. A theory will always and should always be treated as a theory till it has been proven without a flaw. Evolution is not one of these theories.
- the problem is that when you employ politics to solve scientific problems you ultimately only poison your science.
Being right and on the side of truth did not save Galileo from imprisonment. The politicians of the day concluded that the debate was over and that heliocentrism was wrong.
What has freed men from a similar fate as Galileo is the recognition of the sovereignty of the individual. This is why this country exploded with innovation as it was largely the only place with this principle embedded into its culture.
Our politics and culture have been moving away from individual sovereignty and often use consensus as truth and justification for political action. We dont have a science problem we have a philosophical problem which denies the realm of the individual.
- THIS is why I teach science. I teach 8th grade physical and earth science to 160 students a day over the last eleven years. If you add them all up I have had around 2000 students come through my classroom. I have a computer science and mathematics degree and could be making twice as much money as I do today doing something that is so much easier. Yesterday I came home in tears because students at thirteen years old are horrible to me and to each other and destructive to my things and I put so much money, time and heart into what I do... but ultimately I cannot consider any other way I can make as much positive influence on our collective future then to teach these awkward, stinky, hormonal, rude kids (which is not really true - most of them are actually amazing, kind, and oh so brilliant and creative)... This is my service to our planet. May my heart survive yet another spring in middle school. Today has been pretty good so far.
-Maybe you remember science as an honest attempt to discover the truth and as a true scientist you honor that tradition. In an age where profit rules above all else, science is used to dominate and deceive at least as often as it is used to reveal what is real. Probably more. Vaccines are a case in point. In fact, medicine as a whole is proving to be invasive, destructive and deceitful as often as it is healing. People are finding that they have been deceived by institutions that were supposedly unquestionable and are now rethinking and questioning everything.
science isn't about always being right on the first, second or even one-thousandth time. It's the scientific process and way of thinking that matters, and this process largely self-corrects for errors. You said it yourself, those things have been scientifically proven wrong. The process of science did that, not some outside authority that somehow knows the truth in advance. Someone came along and said "wait a second, I have evidence that (insert prior study, theory, etc here) is wrong!" What constitutes evidence of this and and how it's verified are the important ideas here, not the fact that prior knowledge is being contradicted.
-In science, we actually *want* to be proven wrong! It's the only way knowledge can ever advance. For instance, there's a huge machine in Europe called the Large Hadron Collider that's running experiments on the fundamental nature of physics and the universe. The physicists running these experiments would love nothing more than for something to happen there that throws a wrench into our established theories of particle interaction and gravity because it would mean there's something new to account for. It doesn't mean what they did in the past was "wrong" in some absolute sense, rather, it would just mean that we now see further and more accurately. It's about the best evidence available at the time and the methods by which it was obtained, not absolute truth.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson makes a lot of references to “truth” in this video. He is right that many people are denying scientific understanding, but he would have a lot more credibility if he didn’t deny the most fundamental truth in our universe, namely, the existence of a Creator God. By denying God, Tyson has become a fool. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt…”(Psalm 14:1) Science is a wonderful tool and we learn a lot using it, but it does not define truth, Jesus does. The word “science” comes from the word “knowledge”, but man’s knowledge will fall short if we aren’t submitting to the author of knowledge himself. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10. Pascal, Newton, Einstein, and many more famous scientists made amazing discoveries. They also understood that their belief in God was not in conflict with their discoveries but was, rather, the foundation for them.
-It goes both ways. One of the reasons it's hard to believe all the "science" out there is because of the same problem; corruption. Also, with the vaccine example in the video - it should be ok to be skeptical and ask questions. That is, in fact, scientific. The concern I have is when "science" refuses to bother answering questions anymore. If science is above scrutiny, we're just as screwed as if people don't believe science in the first place.