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I think you have, accidently perhaps, hit the nail of this discussion squarely on its head. The whole problem with modern science is that you have to be a specialist to understand it. I know enough about physics to know that I don't know much (one of Rumsfeld's "known unkowns"), and a big part of the problem is that the math is too hard for me. But my creationist friend doesn't realize that there is any math behind all this, and he just compares what sounds to him like a bunch of gobble-de-gook to the stuff that comes from his evangelical minister.
Without the math (and the many preliminary layers of development you have to go through to get to the modern understanding of the universe), popularized science has no more claim to correctness than the flying spaghetti monster. It's a serious, serious problem, and one result is the funding disaster hitting Fermilab and SLAC right now. Forget the gigantic new projects, even the existing good ones can't get money because no politician in the country ever even signed up for Phyiscs for Political Science majors. (Well, except for Jimmy Carter, maybe.)
The scientific community needs to figure out a solution to this problem or we are going to find ourselves in the 14th century before we know it.
How did the methods of natural science develop? How did Ptolemaios, Aristotle, Brahe and Newton view the world? Why does the earth circle the sun? Is everything predestined? What is quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity really? Can you travel in time? What is a black hole? What do we know about the Big Bang and creation? The course gives an overview of the scientic view of the world and modern physics.
It was really quite complex and covered things like heliums flashes, the top-down or bottom up theories of galactical formation, quarks and bosons, string theory and supersymmetry, and lots of scientific history. Mixed in with understanding the famous equations like Keplers laws.
Pretty much everyone who took the course loved it and felt everybody else should also take it.
Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
One could ask a typical GOP member, if he thinks if it is not allowed to interprete the bible, what he thinks about "Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den MenschenVolker Pispers
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