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27 October 2011

Jon Stewart Interview: Why Fear Mongers Will Not Accept Science

Host Jon Stewart in the studio of The Daily Sh...                          Image via WikipediaLisa Randall                    Image via WikipediaFrom Denny:  Stewart interviews author and physicist Lisa Randall, of the new book "Knocking On Heaven's Door:  How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World."

Stewart asks, "Why do we fight so hard to be illuminated by it?"  He is referencing the conservative political atmosphere that fears science unreasonably.

Randall offers up that perhaps the reason science is not so easily accepted is because "so many of the theories are far removed from what we see in our daily lives - and not necessarily the most intuitive."

She believes that if people would go beyond just human scale - where only technology can measure - that perhaps they will not be so afraid if they learn more about it and be more interested.

Stewart poses the question as to why are God and science incompatible?  Clearly, that is what so many people fear - like science will be 100 percent provable and certain, eliminating room for God.

Randall offers how science is practical:  "Science tells us a very definite way of moving forward.  It doesn't say we know the answer to everything.  It says, 'This is what we know. This is the degree of precision with which we know it and this is how we can move forward.'

"We can move forward by studying things we can test. We can have ideas we don't yet know the answers."

To which Jon replies, "It's so nice to have someone come on this show and tell us to our faces that science is a big scam."

Check out the entire interview as they toss back and forth the meaning of science in our lives, the definition of science as opposed to the perception of science and what to do with it all:

Lisa Randall

Physicist and author Lisa Randall explores how science illuminates the modern world and why some people are unwilling to accept scientific findings.

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