The First Rule of Teaching Science (Synopsis)

“The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth, whether it’s scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth! It is the guiding principle on which Starfleet is based. And if you can’t find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don’t deserve to wear that uniform!” –Captain Picard

The scientific story of the Universe is a remarkable one. All at once, it’s exciting, it’s the very frontiers of knowledge and discovery, and and it’s always going forward. As time goes on, we’re continuously discovering new things that surprise us, and it’s contagious. When we learn something new and remarkable, we want to share it with the world.

Image credit: IFLS.
Image credit: IFLS.

Only, a lot of what gets shared the most isn’t even factually correct!

How do we fix it?

Image credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO), via http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0102c/.
Image credit: European Southern Observatory (ESO), via http://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0102c/.

As it turns out, following one simple ethical rule would fix absolutely everything… if we’ve got it in us. Go read the whole thing.