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Science for global understanding

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Science  10 Nov 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6364, pp. 699
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3789

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  • Special cares for lay public are needed for correcting scientific facts

    Flavia Schlegel wrote an article entitled "Science for global understanding" published in Science (1). Science is a constantly changing endeavor. We must understand that Science is not robust but fragile (2, 3). There are many misunderstandings by lay public (4). Strong efforts are needed for correcting their misunderstandings and scientific facts (4). We have to inform lay public that Science facts are all tentative, not permanently true, and may be dramatically changed in the near future or tomorrow (2). In other words, we must have our flexible mind to adopt the changing endeavor in Science. Once tentative Science facts are believed by lay public, it is extremely hard to change their believes. Therefore, we need to provide the special care to lay public in Science for global understanding.

    References:
    1. Flavia Schlegel, "Science for global understanding," Science Editorial, 10 Nov 2017: Vol. 358, Issue 6364, pp. 699
    2. Y. Takefuji, Science (eLetter, 2 November 2017)
    http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6362/427/tab-e-letters
    3. Problems with scientific research: How science goes wrong, Oct 21st 2013
    https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21588069-scientific-research-has-......

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    Competing Interests: None declared.