The Language of Misconceptions

There are beliefs and stories and there are scientific realities and principles.

When we attempt scientific explanations we must take care not to use words that are specifically human:

try, want, love, like.

Stating that a stream of water likes or wants to run downhill creates monumental misconceptions.

Insisting that wind tries to rustle leaves or loves to fly a kite may seem innocent, but is it science or poetic?

We know that the human mind is susceptible to irrational and illogical thinking.

We know that children are particularly vulnerable to believing what is presented as the truth.

We know that it is harder to relearn than to obtain true initial insight.

And what about insisting there is a real Santa, a real live Tooth Fairy, or any fictional characters as real?

Who does that benefit?

How does that effect your own credibility?

What is wrong with the wonderful story of Santa or the Tooth Fairy? Does make-believe lessen their enchantment?

Scientific reality is full of wonder, awe, fun, mystery and is intrinsically rewarding.

Fiction is funny, magical and captivating as well!

Purposely mixing fiction with reality is unsettling, disturbing, and completely unnecessary.

Consider the consequences. (Consider the appeal of fake news!)

These few examples may seem innocent, helpful, even sweet as these traditions are so deeply entrenched into the fiber of our culture.

The total sum of inserting so many small myths, as inconsequential and innocent as they may appear, cannot build a strong scientific foundation.

At Sugarwood School we enjoy times for fundamental scientific exploration as well as times for imaginative, fictional artistic expression. We know and appreciate the difference.