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Science interacts with other cultures

Key Ideas

  • Science, as a shared culture, is a way of understanding the world around us. The ways other cultures perceive the world may influence what is important to the scientific community and consequently the evolution of new science ideas.

Teacher reflection

  • Can Western knowledge and traditional knowledge co-exist? Why or why not?
  • Should all science investigations take traditional views into account? Why or why not?
  • Is traditional knowledge wrong if science knowledge doesn’t support it? Why or why not?

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