Neanderthal cloning chatter highlights scientific illiteracy
BOSTON (Reuters) - After spending the weekend reading blog posts
claiming that he was seeking an "extremely adventurous female human" to
bear a cloned Neanderthal baby - which was news to him - Harvard
geneticist George Church said it may be time for society to give some thought to scientific literacy.
"The public should be able to detect cases where things seem implausible," Church said in an interview at his office at Harvard Medical School
in Boston. "Everybody's fib detector should have been going off. They
should have said, ‘What? Who would believe this?' ... This really
indicates that we should have scientific literacy."
"We really should get the public of the entire world to be able to
detect the difference between a fact and a complete fantasy that has
been created by the Internet," he said.http://news.yahoo.com/neanderthal-cloning-chatter-highlights-scientific-illiteracy-051317850.html
In defense of laypeople everywhere, there have been a few times that I read something and thought it was a complete joke, something from The Onion, but it ended up being true. People do crazy things all the time, and having an imagination is usually not a bad thing. Double-checking a rumor is always a good idea, though, and it would be awesome to focus on critical thinking in the early years of education.
In Loving Memory of SSG Edward W. Carman
Nov. 1976-Apr.2004 - US Army, 2/12 Cavalry