MAtematica Divulgazione e Didattica – curated by the Italian Society of applied and industrial mathematics.

Uncertainty: How It Makes Science Advance

Scientific knowledge is the most solid and robust kind of knowledge that humans have because of the self-correcting character inherent in its own processes. Nevertheless, anti-evolutionists, climate denialists, and anti-vaxxers, among others, question some of the best-established scientific findings, making claims that are unsupported by empirical evidence. A common aspect of these claims is the reference to the uncertainties in these areas of research, which leads to the conclusion that science is uncertain about evolution, climate change, and vaccination, among others. The truth of the matter is that while the broad picture is clear, there exist―and will always exist―uncertainties about the details of the respective phenomena. In this book Kampourakis and McCain show that uncertainty is an inherent feature of science that does not devalue it. In contrast, uncertainty actually makes science advance because it motivates further research.

Kostas Kampourakis, Kevin McCain

Why Facts Are Not Enough: Understanding and Managing the Motivated Rejection of Science

Current directions in psychological science.

Matthew J. Hornsey
SAGE Journals

Building a future-oriented science education system in New Zealand: How are we doing?

This paper makes the case for deep and radical change to New Zealand's approach to science education. It discusses the implications of recent science education research and policy work, and argues New Zealand still has a long way to go to developing a future-oriented science education system.  It explores what needs to change and contains suggestions for some first steps.

“Developing science education that is a better fit for the times we live in is a massive undertaking and it is unrealistic for schools to do it on their own. As well as rethinking the relationships between schools, the science community and the wider community, and investing in teacher professional learning, it will also be important to find ways of educating the wider community as to why these changes are necessary.”

Jane Gilbert and Ally Bull

UN's 17 Sustainable development goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership.

On time and water by Andri Snaer Magnason

Over the next 200 years, we can expect all of the Earth's glaciers to disappear -- unless we act now, says writer Andri Snær Magnason. Telling the story of the Okjökull glacier in Iceland, the first glacier lost to climate change, Magnason explains why we need to start connecting to the future in a more intimate, urgent way in order to stabilize the Earth for generations to come.

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TED Talk

La Guerre des intelligences (The War of Intelligence)

Can artificial intelligence surpass humans, and how education must make its revolution. Since the publication in 2011 of his first essay La mort de la mort, how technomedicine will upset humanity, Laurent Alexandre has revealed himself as one of the most visionary analysts of technological revolutions. He is now tackling Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the dizzying changes it will trigger in our lifestyles, and in particular in our conception of education.

Laurent Alexandre
Jean-Claude Lattès

La testa ben fatta / I setti saperi necessari all'educazione del futuro / Insegnare a vivere

Edgar Morin

Proofs and refutations

Imre Lakatos

The Clock Of The Long Now: Time and Responsibility

Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. This text describes a long-term project designed to encourage people to think beyond the psychological barrier of the millennium and into the future. The Long Now Foundation, founded by some of the world's most influential and cutting-edge thinkers, plan to build a gigantic mechanical clock, perhaps as large as Stonehenge, in the American desert. It is intended to record time for 10,000 years.

Stewart Brand
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FEDORA, Future-oriented Science Education to enhance Responsibility and Engagement in the society of acceleration and uncertainty, is a 3-year EU-funded project. It started in September 2020 and will deploy its activities until August 2023. It gathers 6 partner institutions from 5 European countries.
FEDORA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 872841