Science and the Scientific: Growing Scientific Temper among Indians

Last Date Dec 31,2020 23:45 PM IST (GMT +5.30 Hrs)

India Science (www.indiascience.in) is an Internet-based science Over-The-Top (OTT) TV channel. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India ...

India Science (www.indiascience.in) is an Internet-based science Over-The-Top (OTT) TV channel. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India , implemented and managed by Vigyan Prasar (VP), an autonomous organisation of Department of Science and Technology. This 24x7 video platform is dedicated to science and technology knowledge dissemination, with a strong commitment to spreading scientific awareness especially with Indian perspectives, ethos and cultural milieu. The initiative is supported by National Council of Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), DST.

Science and Technology are the main driving forces of the nation and fundamental to the progress and growth. But there is a distinct difference between “science” and “scientific”.

What do you think, is the difference and where do you think they relate with each other? How do the two words contribute to building and reinforcing scientific temper among the youth? Send us your views!

Last date of submission is 31st December 2020

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 40 minutes 53 sec ago

So, if scientific temper is important, what kind of public culture is needed to advance it? Who must be responsible to take it forward? And how can we nudge people into evidence-based reasoning not from self-interest alone but from commitment to the common good?

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 41 minutes 4 sec ago

Third, in principle, science is anti-authoritarian. No matter how hierarchical in practice scientific institutions are, or how powerful its leaders, the fact remains that if a research assistant comes up with a result that challenges established scientific claims, then it must be addressed, examined and if confirmed, displace the view held by established authority

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 41 minutes 21 sec ago

Evidence-based claims are the enemy of prejudice and dogma. Second, good science recognises that truth is always elusive, that all human endeavour, including scientific enquiry, is imperfect, corrigible, in constant need of critical scrutiny and revision

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 41 minutes 36 sec ago

A healthy scepticism towards these figures is crucial. Moreover, no claim or data can be accepted merely because it is supplied by those in majority, political power, or religious authority.

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 41 minutes 56 sec ago

For instance, to not immediately accept when told that eating a clove of garlic will reduce high BP, or that the rate of economic growth in India is 7%.

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 42 minutes 8 sec ago

First, a disposition to not accept any opinion or claim at face value, or to reject in haste anything that conflicts with one’s own settled views

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 42 minutes 18 sec ago

With these qualifications, we must readily acknowledge that scientific temper is useful in certain contexts and necessary for specific purposes. If so, what are the other preconditions for building it?

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 42 minutes 32 sec ago

That role in providing collective and individual self-knowledge and ethical guidance is played by the humanities, interpretative social science and religions.

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 42 minutes 42 sec ago

The other big limitation of modern science is that it plays virtually no role in mutual or inter-cultural understanding or in our indispensable ethical projects of self-exploration, self-understanding or self-realisation

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Dr Guinness Madasamy 42 minutes 53 sec ago

Besides, it has originated from and built upon them. Scientists readily acknowledge that myths, legends and stories continue to be the source of current scientific insights. In this sense, a science independent of myth and religion is woefully inadequate for living