Shirley Jackson on Charlie Rose

shirley jackson on charlie roseRPI president Shirley Jackson was on Charlie Rose last week. She joined a group of other science bold-face names at Charlie's oak table in the room without walls to talk about "The Imperative of Science." The discussion focused, in part, on how the US is falling behind in scientific education and understanding among the general public.

Here's a little bit of what Jackson said:

"The question becomes... how did such a mess come about? And it's almost as if we've had so much that has come out of science and the technological innovations built on those discoveries that we've come to take things for granted. Moreover, those technologies have driven almost a kind of information overload. So people are not able to sort through what is fact and what is fiction. I like to say that the Internet does not come with a credibility filter. And therefore, you have to get back to the habit of thought, the way of approaching complexity, that learning science even at a very elemental level helps an individual to do."

Video of the full episode is embedded after the jump.

screengrab: Charlie Rose

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