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http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2007-05-20-science-resistance_N.htm

Resistance to science is nothing new, of course. The Catholic Church condemned the astronomer (a poor one by all accounts) Giordano Bruno to death in 1600. Galileo famously received home imprisonment in the same era. In the U.S., the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial,” a battle over a Tennessee law that forbid the teaching of human origins, was the “Trial of the Century” long before O.J. Simpson ever took the stand. Today, we don’t toss scientists on bonfires, of course. We have congressional hearings.

Quite an interesting article. It discusses how science is often counter-intuitive to beliefs formed when young – which can make certain scientific facts difficult to learn. An example given in the article is this:

What path does a ball take when it leaves a curved loop? (See article for answer)

This conflict of intuition and science is something I observe regularly in my classroom.

 

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