On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship topic will be “Science, Facts, Decisions and the Ed Center,” presented by David Smith.
Smith points out that, “Good decisions affecting the quality of life in America can be made only if we have adequate math and science skills to understand the problems. International test scores of American students and the low level of interest shown in this country towards math and science indicate that many Americans do not understand science well enough to make good decisions.”
Smith adds, “It is no secret, especially here in The United States, that we live in a post-enlightenment age in which rationality, science, evidence, logical argument and debate have lost the battle in many sectors, and perhaps even in society generally, to superstition, faith, opinion and orthodoxy.”
A new After School Enrichment Program, offered by The Archuleta County Education Center, will be explained and discussed. Smith describes the project as a local effort to improve awareness of math and sciences, using a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering and math to improve these skills in the next generation. This program relates to the fourth Unitarian Universalist covenant to affirm and promote “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
David Smith has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and was a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of Utah, Purdue University and the University of Nebraska. He is now retired and has lived in Pagosa Springs since 2002.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall and child care will be provided. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.