La pseudoscienza in TV su L’Astrofilo

Il satellite Tethys in orbita intorno a Saturno catturato dalla sonda Cassini della NASA mentre appare dietro a Titano, il satellite maggiore del pianeta con gli anelli. Disponibile su: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/checking_in_on_saturn.html .

 

E’ disponibile sul sito http://www.astropublishing.com il numero 19 della rivista L’Astrofilo, mensile gratuito di scienza e tecnica dedicato a tutti gli appassionati di astronomia e astronautica, liberamente scaricabile nella sezione “Area Abbonati” dopo aver fatto l’iscrizione cliccando su “Abbonati – è gratis“.

In questo numero, occhio sulle notizie di pseudo scienza in TV. A parte pochissimi casi, l’informazione scientifica alla televisione è ormai ridotta a puro spettacolo, enfatizzata ed esagerata, dove la scienza non è più tale ma diventa pseudoscienza. Solo spettacoli per fare audience senza qualità. Si parla dei famosi cerchi nel grano, una delle più colossali bufale della nostra epoca. Più volte è stato mostrato come si possono realizzare senza alcuna difficoltà, in particolare senza l’intervento alieno, ma ancora si continua a parlarne e a tirare fuori l’intervento del cielo, extraterrestre e soprannaturale degli alieni.
La scienza è mistero per chi non la studia, ma per chi la studia è tutt’altro che mistero. E’ curiosità, voglia di capire, sperimentare e teorizzare. Non c’è mistero in tutto questo.

 

Allegato alla rivista, il fumetto “Che cos’è la relazione Sole-Clima?” scaricabile sempre dal sito. Le variazioni nell’attività del Sole sono una causa del cambiamento climatico.
Ringrazio il Direttore Responsabile di L’Astrofilo, Dottor Michele Ferrara.

 

Il numero 19 – giugno 2010. Per tutte le informazioni, visitate il sito: http://www.astropublishing.com/ . 

Per abbonarsi gratuitamente alla rivista: http://www.astropublishing.com/iscriz.php?item=abbonamento

L’area abbonati è su: http://www.astropublishing.com/extplorer/index.php .

Buona lettura.

Sabrina

Informazioni su Sabrina Masiero

Ricercatore Astronomo (Tecnologo III livello) presso INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo-Gal Hassin, Centro Internazionale delle Scienze Astronomiche di Isnello, Palermo. In precedenza: Borsista presso INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova e Fundaciòn Galileo Galilei, FGG-Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, La Palma, Isole Canarie.
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2 risposte a La pseudoscienza in TV su L’Astrofilo

  1. Ricardo L. Garcia dice:

    In a way, it is to be expected—in times of trouble (and exactly which one isn't?) people tend to look for comfort and evasion in whatever appeals to their sense of wonder. It's not that such people aren't curious: they are. It's just what we deem to be the wrong kind of curiosity. They long for a universe a little less scary than the one they think they know, and a little fuller of wonders than the one they think the unbelievers live in. Still, they like science….and quite often they learn a little along the way, which is never a bad thing. So there's hope.

    • Sabrina dice:

      Imagine that you has recently learned (correctly) that black holes are objects that things cannot leave once they have entered. Now consider your response to the threat of being sent into such an object. First is the terrifying prospect ob being trapped forever and never seeing your family and friends again. This is bad enough, but I submit that you would also make a connection between this fear and science, from which knowledge of black holes originated. And so science becomes linked with evil and is thereafter suspect for you.
      I find fascinating that we live in a natural world that rarely works as we believe it does. Scientific understanding reveals that space, time, matter and energy are inconsistent with our common sense. Our brains evolved to help us survive, not to comprehend the cosmos. The desire to understand how the natural world operates has existed far back into prehistory, and only in the past few centuries we have developed the mental discipline of using science to bridge the gap between what appears to be happening and what really it happening.
      The problem is when we encounter situations or events that seem scientifically plausible but are inaccurate.
      A huge number of people are choosing to accept beliefs that are inconsistent with those put forward by science, or that are presently lack scientific support. Among these beliefs are the presence of aliens from other worlds on Earth, the possibility of travel backward in time, astrology, angels, ghosts, demons, creationism, telepathy, extrasensory perception, magic and channeling and other methods of communicating with the dead, to name but a few. Accepting any of these alternative realities requires the believer to accept incorrect or unproven beliefs about the natural world.
      "But what if I choose to live with my confortable, if misconceived, beliefs about the natural world? I've done so for years and they haven't hurt me yet"
      Once people decide to accept any nonscientific belief, they immediately begin adjusting the way they view the world so as to make it consistent with this new belief. Choosing to believe something inconsistent with current scientific consensus has the effect of drawing people away from the concepts that science teaches. Some people go even further and develop prejudices against science.
      Prof. Neil F. Comins wrote "Heavenly Errors – Misconceptions about the real nature of the Universe" (Columbia University Press, New York, 2001). If you want to learn more, I think this could be a good book.