The public from experience assume an inherent and healthy mistrust of most everyone and everything. This is part of our genetic make up just as curiosity (science) is part of the genetic make up. One can't stop either. "But". Leaders of the big three have learned how to control people's view of science by offering unscientific interpretation of its discoveries banking on our inherent mistrust factor to stop or slow selected projects in basic scientific research. This control we refer to as the Galilean Syndrome in honor of Galileo Galilie one the more famous victims in science's by example of sciences biggest unsolved problem "TRUST".
Developing solutions to science biggest unsolved problem the lack of TRUST.
If we are to have the best of our science in a timely fashion we, including scientist, need to have a much better understanding of the public's need for trust in most everything they do especially in science. So starting with how the profession of science really works in addition and how the Galilean Syndrome works is the first step in reducing our chances of becoming even more victimized by the leaders of the big three's, well meant but perhaps misguided agenda's.
The following paragraphs and the bulleted items below are examples of what we mean by these italicized phrases. We believe that both of these issue are very important and very relevant to any discussion of how science works, how to support it, and improve it.
Unfortunately many scientist believe that simply showing or demonstrating a scientific principal to the public like e=mc2. is sufficient to gain an informed public understanding. Certainly this is a start but it is leaving out the most important details for the public understand of how science works Neither do these authors believe that just teaching scientific method in its more primitive form really satisfy the needs of gaining the public's trust.
Scientist certainly are very much aware that if the data and work they use from other scientist in their work must be right or it will have a serious impact on their work because science discoveries work on the same principal as building a house bridge etc. One starts with the foundation and works upwards through the structure piece by piece each depending on those that were laid down before it. This seem so obvious to those close to the work that it is taken for granted. However a number of studies show that about 50% of the people in the U.S. believe the scientist lie about their work. even though scientist have worked out a method that automatically reduces error and fake data getting into the system to a minimum.
Example Question from a non scientist; How and why do scientists trust their fellow scientists data and their scientific work without knowing anything about the other scientist's honesty, their personal habits, someone they have never met personally? We had a surprise from a crude informal pole of 100 or so people including 15 scientist/ engineers. Only 20 knew that there was a definite method in place for automatically finding and eliminating bad data from the professional literature.
People have to learn the answer to this and similar questions to support the science needed for a better healthier world. They need good solid easy to understand answers to these types of questions. The people need to know the details of this trust machinery because this may be the only thing about science they will really can understand. This is only one of a number of question that need answers.
Another link in the chain "Boring" is the word of death to the Media, the principal clearing house and release for all of sciences' discoveries and issues to the public. The Media cannot take the financial risk of loosing their viewers because if they did they would lose their advertisements " their salaries their accounts". Boring is high on the list of thing not to do. This issue helps the coloring of the media's presentation of all science to the public.
The Galileo Syndromer proponent takes advantage of this neglect of "how science works" and uses it to place serious doubt about any scientific effort they chose to stop or slow. They do it by recognizing the public's inherent and healthy mistrust of everyone and everything. They get juicy bits of gossip in from media, a rich source of any gossip in many forms about the personal life of scientists and play it out to the public as a seed of mistrust. Take Einstein for example, Its hard for us to understand his science to judge it. But many could be satisfy with a bit his personal life to help them decide about his professional life It happens more than it should.
To be fair about the media's role in all of this. This picture of Einstein has been around allot even making money for T shirt manufactures who put it on the back and front of T shirts carried by students of science. The picture even appeared in a issue of Nature Magazine. Funny Yes. but our leaders may want to influence our opinion by using it as an example of Einstein's stupidity. Why not? The science he generated is too odd for the average person to judge his work but how about this picture it can help in an adverse way. Judge the man but trust his work. There is a big difference in the out come.
Einstein's little equation E=MC2 was a break thru in basic science, It discovery could not have been stopped if he didn't do it someone else would have. (That's more of how science works) It's just three little letters and an equal sign on a piece of paper. It "the truth" that was turned into nuclear bombs, power stations, nuclear medicines etc. etc. with government's and businesses help.
What about political trust. Examples without comment. A single politician, a president of the U.S.A. decided without the public's knowledge to turn the sense of that equation into atomic bombs. Another single man again a president of the U.S.A. without the public's knowledge decided to drop these bombs on cities of mostly private helpless citizens. etc. etc. Right or wrong how can we tell for sure. One more example. More people have died of cigarettes than A bombs another thing science warned us about in the form of some data on a bit of paper. We give these strong example of how politicians, business can work.
Question: just who are the losers and victims in this seemly fun picture. What about when similar treatment is extended to all scientist. Does the public consciously or subconsciously take it seriously and decide to slow down or stop important project in science for the most part based on a good example of Media quest for good entertainment. Its not their job to teach us even though they do an excellent job of it. Their job has turned out to help our business prosper. Can we still have our fun and be informed in a more trustworthy fashion. Just who are the losers here if enough of us don't get an understanding of "How Science Works" of building a trust if not an understanding for scientific discoveries.
Can we in the field of science as research workers, educator, historians, through our educational system our schools our Museums help build this understanding.
Introductory remarks about how science works
Symptoms and Examples of
The symptoms below shows us how this syndrome can attack science from leaders in the highest political and global business level. It often is carried out by the subordinate of the institution insulating the top most leader from criticism.
The bottom line; today's Scientist's, sponsored with and without tax payers' money, are in risk of jeopardizing their project if these discoveries challenges governments policy and if they share their discoveries with the public.
Below we compare just two out of hundreds of examples of the Galilean Syndrome in action . Note its been going on for its least 400 years using the same tools developing a mistrust of scientific discoveries by those we trust in the big three.. We must and can stop it. The authors have given a summary of things we can do on this web page to help each of us do our part in keeping this syndrome under control
Galileo's incarceration and restriction of free speech by officials of the Catholic church
is a dramatic international example of the Galilean Syndrome.
The same process is happening today
The scientist are still talking about their instruments, experiments and discoveries not spending enough time and developing the resources to educated everyone on how scientist and science works. To some of us the scientist is to busy in his race to be first. A few put effort into making fancier and fancier demonstrations of scientific principals, not adding the equally important struggles of acceptance of their work in referee journals, of the midnight oil spent on writing proposals for funding, the constant work keeping up with the literature, at times neglecting their personal and families lives, all for rather low wages compared with the vale of their discoveries.
To say the least its very difficult to know what it is like to be a pancake unless you've been one. So how is the public. to know how science works unless they are or have been a scientist.
What seem to be trivial to the scientist because its just part of the job and learned on the job needs to be brought the public more forcibly with the scientific break through when announced to the public.
An example again In Galileo's case both sides the churches position in context should be studied and Galileo's side with an exact (to reduce the what if's) replica, mechanically, tactilely as well as visually to appreciate , the frustrations that both parties experienced in the debate. Its a useful and interesting role modeling game understand the dilemma that science finds itself especially today for the very important matters it faces.
To gives the student a fairer better balance understanding of the issues that Galileo and the Church had to deal with. of science or history the both sides for a philosophical issue which uses logic as its primary tool to truth rather than the pure physical one of time length and mass.. If the officials of the church had understood how science works and the scientist had a better understanding of how to help them understand how it works, the issues of incompatibility would have been settled or reduced in much less than 400 years.
There is may good things to learn from these telescopes and Galileo's story about the business of science from this heated and historic debate.
Without being either Galileo or the officials of the church with a very weighty responsibility its almost impossible to unemotionally reason one back in time to accurately decode history. One gets a clearer insight by recreate and roll play the experiment.
We are not making excuses for the church. or anyone taking a emotional stand but if we could reduce the fear of science in a fair way. It could help the average person make an informed decision on which side to be. Its possible they might even become an evangelist for science operating on inside of the Galilean Syndrome system.
Galileo's telescopes are especially important
today because they stand out as symbols warnings us to keep constant vigil against those
that would turn
us away from
science, its methods and tools.
In spite of science's
success it is always vulnerable to influential misguided
leaders ready to summon their followers to take our
basic scientific research away from us. These followers go after
their congresspersons threatening their reelection for
supporting science. Although relatively small in number
they are well organized have proven to be very
Yes most of us understand the value of basic scientific research. Yes we are large in numbers, and want it supported, but we must be vigilant, contacting our congressman showing our support in numbers that at least match the dissenters.
Galileo's famous and
dramatic telescope story is repeating itself today and
we as well as the dissenters are the victims of this
Pernicious Galilean Syndrome.
The pictures below are not a fake advertisement for science. These are not actors but are real kids having real fun discovering all the exciting things around them. Their well being and future depends on us. The Galilean syndrome is one of the biggest threat to they're future.
Humans may only be a few genes different than chimpanzee but these few genes have given us the ability to gather from our senses the knowledge that we use to see across the universe and to see the tiniest viruses. We have used science to increased our life expectancy and quality of life from 30 years to 80 years. on and on and on.
We use science and depend on science every moment of our life's.
We take science for granted. This is not good it doesn't happen without our support. finically and politically.
Most of us don't know how the profession of science works.
scientific research is our future!
Basic scientific research is vital to our future, it is the science of discovery yet it and its funding is the least understood, even among the scientific community, because of this It is the most fragile of disciplines and is poorly funded compared to its value to the us and our planets future.
Why is this true? Some of the reasons are;1; Most of us don't speak the language of science and therefore can't understand how it and its funding work.
2; It is like there is a hidden science, hidden in the language of mathematics, and cute labels like string, quantum, or relativity theory.
3; Like it or not for the most part the media, our only source of information about science and scientist, has found it useful to make a mockery of science and scientist not to be mean but to hold your attention while their advertisers can sell you products.
3; Some feel uncomfortable with funding it because it doesn't seem to have a product goal or direction.
Its like searching knowledge only for knowledge sake. True but of course that's where the important and unexpected discoveries have come from. Read NSF definitions in right the column.
4; It's very hard doing basic research. It takes years of education and experience plus great concentration, It takes enormous patience. teasing out the secrets of nature. It is very difficult because most the things being studied one can't see touch, hear, or smell with human sensors.
5; The basic researcher reward is not money. They give the knowledge away to all of us and just maybe they might get a unit of science or a star named after them.
Humans by Era,
Life expectancy has dramatically increased over the last few centuries of human history. These changes are largely the result of the fruits of basic research used by the applied research and engineering communities in public health, medicine, nutrition, and agriculture.
The greatest improvements have been made in the richest parts of the world, where there is endorsement of basic and applied research. The same effects are now spreading to other parts of the world as they adopt the fruits of basic and applied research in economies and infrastructure . Ref 1
pictures above are at work, in heart if not body. The smile on
their faces is what a true basic researcher
feels like in side when one make a discovery,
and generally that's reward enough.
Join us call and ask for more funding for basic
It's in your ,Your children,Your
grandchildren's, etc. best interest.
How to measure the progress of Basic Scientific Research!
See side bar on the lefte
Sample message that you might want to consider sending to your
Congressmen and President.
The following text was generated by N1QCW Dave an radio amateur
I the voter support basic research and the unrestricted flow of
information from said research .
Sample message that you might want to consider sending to your Congressmen and President.
The following text was generated by N1QCW Dave an radio amateur operator.
I the voter support basic research and the unrestricted flow of information from said research .
Ref 2; http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR1639.0/MR1639.0.def.pdf
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On a more positive note, Galileo was vindicated
But his syndrome does jump out at us from time to time!
Maybe by studying the Galileo story from the point of view of how science works starting with a magnified view using his telescopes. We can gain more benefits of our science in a win win situation especially for our children and our grandchildren.
Click Here After visiting this website we humbly invite you to visit our main website to feast on the remarkable details of the worlds most precise replication of Galileo's telescopes for Griffith Observatory and the Adler Planetarium. We discuss in detail these wonderful instruments including what it's "really" like looking through them, what Galileo's telescopes looked like when new. and a taste of the dramatic story of conflict and resolution. Where we the people won.