"Science Myths" in
K-6 Textbooks and Popular culture

The complex and abstract nature of Science makes the subject difficult to understand. But complexity is not the only barrier to our understanding Science. The subject is made much more difficult by the presence of numerous misleading "Science Myths" which circulate in the popular culture, which are handed down from parents to children, and which have become so common and widespread that they appear widely in science textbooks and are taught as facts in grade school. (MORE)

    Textbook errors in the news:

Am I just a pedantic science-nitpicker?

Some Physical Science Misconceptions        ( K-6 Grade)

Ignorance is not the problem in the world. It's the things people "know" that aren't so. - Will Rogers

Some Electrical Misconception Articles:

"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." -Tolstoy

Teaching Articles Elsewhere

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"The Truth shall set you free... But first it will piss you off! " - Anon



Some Quotes:

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below.
-John Dryden

Truth comes out of error more readily than out of confusion.
- Francis Bacon

It is one Thing, to show a Man that he is in an Error, and another, to put him in possession of Truth.
- John Locke

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
- Albert Einstein

The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.
- Francis Bacon

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
- Albert Einstein

Education is what you have left when you have forgotten everything you learned in school.
- Albert Einstein, 1936

It is as fatal as it is cowardly to blink facts because they are not to our taste.
- Tyndall

Many errors, of a truth, consist merely in the application of the wrong names of things.
- Spinoza

When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.
- Mark Twain

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong.
- Richard Feynman

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
- Albert Einstein

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best--and therefore never scrutinize or question.
-Stephen Jay Gould

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That's perfectly all right; they're the aperture to finding out what's right.
- Carl Sagan

An easily understood, workable falsehood is more useful than a complex incomprehensible truth. - Thumb's Postulates


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