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Teaching Personal beliefs versus scientific innovation: Getting past a flat Earth mentality

Personal beliefs versus scientific innovation: Getting past a flat Earth mentality

The history of science is also a history of people resisting new discoveries that conflict with tradition and long-held wisdom.\n\nIt’s a problem if scientists reject changing scientific theories because of their own beliefs. It may hold them back from vital new discoveries. It could impact everything from a cure for Zika to a cutting-edge technology to help climate change.

Igor Juricevic, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Indiana University
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Why do personal beliefs sometimes hold back scientific progress?
STANDARDS:
RI.2 - Main Ideas

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3,4
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