Guarding Our Minds

Clarifying points on technology, science and massive knowledge is not an easy issue to discuss, hence I am commencing on this idea from the book ‘Demon Haunted World’ of Carl Sagan which I have read just recently and I quote “The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write, the number one video cassette rental in America is the movie Dumb and Dumber. Beavis and Butthead remains popular (and influential) with young TV viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning – not just of science, but of anything – are avoidable, even undesirable.”

Guarding Our Minds

Guarding Our Minds – by Kim Rivera

This festivity of obliviousness is not only true in the United States but is now conquering the world in every millisecond on various media. Which is undeniably, a depressing reality that Tony Fry might be referring to, the things which we must see with our minds and not our eyes? Colors and fancies have blinded us in many instances, being mobile and technologies which flaunted advancements and speed of process have crippled us in countless ways it can. Many occasions have brought me, as a science teacher, in doubts if technology are indeed making my students more proficient or are these things are creating demons on them. When I was young I used to copy lectures from the book, write them tediously on my substance 16 notebooks, which my parents hardly provide for me. Now, there are photocopy machine which can instantaneously provide them with lecture notes, however, several students opt to keep them sealed and untouched. Those days, chalk boards are sacred, one surely needs to be quick in copying the lecture before it is gone, and now students do nothing but press a screen and whoalla! They have instant lectures on jpg, pdf or flv file. Then, we walk in the isles of the library to seek for books in shelves; we painstakingly browse through the card catalogue. Now, there’s WEB OPAC, LORA will answer someone’s query in no time, but does this really make our students smarter and persevering? This is truly, not the time of battle between technological remunerations and drawbacks; nevertheless this is good time to review our aims in developing students’ attitude towards science, technology and society.

Our eyes are gullible, are minds are not if we guard it. This is what science is, this is what every science teacher must work hard for. We can live a life time as a science teacher without actually being one. It hurts to accept this, but this reality also needs reality check. As what Philip K. Dick said, reality doesn’t care about what you believe in; it just keeps on being real. While we see things differently on science, technology and perceptions encompassing these, may we not be fooled with the falsified realities created and processed in this place so-called Demon haunted world…

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