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Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins
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Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder
Bestsellers in Evolution. The Ascent of Birds. Because humans have a sense of wonder, and because science is often hard to understand, there is a ready market for pseudoscientific explanations, simply because they are easier. The gap is also easily exploited by lawyers attempting to plant doubt in the minds of jurors who must decide a case based on DNA evidence that appears incontrovertible to those who understand the methods and jargon.
Antiscientific attitudes grow because of the gap; because as Dawkins admonishes, scientists are not actively engaged in explaining their science to the public. If the gap is not narrowed, science is in danger of becoming ever more marginalized as a basis for understanding anything important to the growing mass of the scientifically illiterate.