Scienceblind: Why Our Intuitive Theories About the World Are So Often Wrong
Humans are born to create theories about the world--unfortunately, we're usually wrong and bad theories keep us from understanding science as it really is
Why do we catch colds? What causes seasons to change? And if you fire a bullet from a gun and drop one from your hand, which bullet hits the ground first? In a pinch ...more
“Still, resistance to science in today’s age – an age flush with scientific information and science education – requires explanation. Many ... point to ideology as an explanation,” writes Andrew Shtulman in his introduction, “Others point to misinformation, as when vaccines were falsely linked to autism ...” YES!, I thought, this is the book we all need to read; god knows we need to raise the level of scientific ...more
A well-researched, interesting book, but it fails to live up to its thesis and praise. The author simply doesn't concentrate enough on adults and why they "deny science in the teeth of overwhelming evidence," as one reviewer puts it on the back of the book. There is too much emphasis on what children believe, especially with regard to concepts they clearly outgrow. For example, the book's aim is not furthered by giving page after page (with diagrams) explaining that small children believe that t...more
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INTUITUVE theories vs SCIENTIFIC theories
“The main goal of this book was to introduce…the reader to [his/her own biased perceptions or] own intuitive theories —theories [the reader] held explicitly in the past but only implicitly today, as well as theories [the reader] may still hold explicitly.
The twelve intuitive theories covered in this book are not the only such theories we humans hold…But the twelve discussed [in this book] are rich enough and varied enough to show that intuitive ...more
This book was totally different than what I expected. Chapters 1 through 10 seemed more like an introduction to the actual meat of the argument/book, and chapter 12 gave the best discussion of evolution that I have ever seen thus far. In the conclusion of the book, the "science blindness" was actually pointed out from the beginning, but some of the assumed conclusions from the first part really need ...more
Shtulman gives lots of research examples that are trying to uncover mental models in physics, biology, chemistry. He also spends some time writing about how our everyday analogies reflect or maybe dictate the models - something I really got into when I was in school.
There's also some side-by insight here that we might ...more
Science and math are the least taught well subjects in elementary school. This one book gives educators the background knowledge and instruction to master these subjects in the classroom. For years there has been emphasis on the need to teach "hands-on" science and math without explaining to the teacher the "why" this is important. As a former sixth grade educator, I recommend this book for college credential programs and every teacher who c ...more
This book has nothing to do with the tagline, and is rather about child psychology. If you're all about listening to vapid conversations with the barely-coherent, then this is the book for you.
Children have all the intelligence and sentience of a houseplant.
This book is physically painful to sit through.