Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2016

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Symbol M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-ZZ Others

[M-ZZ32] Geoscience Studies: historical, philosophical and STS studies

Sun. May 22, 2016 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 301B (3F)

Convener:*Michiko Yajima(College of Humanity and Science, Nihon University), Shigeyuki Aoki(Center for Cultural Research and Studies, University of Aizu), Toshihiro Yamada(Chiba Prefectural Funabashi High School), Shigeo Yoshida(Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University), Chair:Michiko Yajima(College of Humanity and Science, Nihon University), Toshihiro Yamada(Chiba Prefectural Funabashi High School)

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

[MZZ32-05] "Restrain" Over Critical Thinking Involving Geoscience

*Mamoru HAYASHI1 (1.University of TOYAMA)

To deal with nature and understand people that have been altering the nature to continue evolutionary adaptation, as well as their efforts, it is necessary to comprehend the target of their action, the natural environment. The comprehension of the natural environment can demonstrate the limits of the people and their efforts (positively speaking, the goals), and contradictions. Many times, geoscientists are on the top of these efforts. They can see quickly the limits and contradictions.
The role of scientists, who conduct studies as representatives of the society, is to share with other organizers (citizens) that compose civil society. However, the critical thinking and knowledge proceeding from Geoscience are often "restrained" and not adopted. The situation in which studies are disregarded or distorted has continued for so long. These factors have been the main causes of natural catastrophes and nuclear plant disasters.
The science literacy that leads to the so called "scholars beholden to the government", "restrain" of critical thinking and a way to overcome these issues will be analyzed based on "empathy" featured in cognitive science and "ethical" perspective that derives from metacognitive ability to deal with rationality.