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Episode 15: Baby Carrots!

January 30, 2013

In episode 15, Lauren, Morgan, Rafael, Tom and I discuss the least-stressful job of 2013 (professor!) and scientific literacy.  Then, the topic turns to baby carrots and things go completely off the rails.  You may never look at your vegetables the same way again.

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  1. January 31, 2013 9:30 am

    Carrots… hmmm. “Critical thinking” requires understanding of the nuts and bolts. Without that, don’t expect anything.

    • stevenhamblin permalink*
      January 31, 2013 10:00 am

      I tend to agree. But the question then becomes, what do they need to know? Is there some sort of core set of concepts that would improve science literacy, a sort of “this will get you 80% of the way” set? Do we force everyone to memorize the periodic table?

      I recall that John Hawks commented on a similar issue in regards to an interesting Slate piece a while back (Slate seemes to be borked right at this moment, but the piece is worth reading when they’re back up). As scientists, I think we forget that whatever scientific literacy is, we probably acquired it as a byproduct of our education. We also forget that education and intelligence isn’t a cure-all, since even having a Nobel prize is no guarantee that you won’t become a raving quack.

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