One of the most powerful ways to bridge ideological barriers is to remind people that there is so much we don’t know about the world.
Megan Powell Cuzzolino, Ed.D. is the Senior Project Manager for the Next Level Lab, a research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that brings together expertise in cognitive science, neuroscience, the learning sciences and innovative learning design and technology to address emerging and urgent issues in K-12 and workforce development. As a doctoral student, Megan's research focused on the emotion of awe and its role in scientific learning and discovery; previously, she was a K-8 science teacher and a Science Education Analyst at the National Science Foundation. Megan holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College.
Science progresses only through scientists, who are indeed human beings – and perhaps one key to unlocking their excitement is a sense of awe.
When we look up at the vastness of the universe, does that make us feel very small, or does it make us feel connected to something so much larger?
How we can teach so many of the complicated nuances of genetics to laypeople, clergy, students, and others who may be new to the big debates?
Scientists and science communicators often believe that hearts and minds could be changed about complex scientific issues if only the public had access to more, and better, information. Yet evidence indicates that this is not the case.
How would our religious perspective change if we discovered life on other planets?
Why are some sources of authority more alluring than others?
What do seeing oneself as a part of nature and seeing oneself as part of a massive demonstration have in common?
Can religion — as a source of creative meaning — “inoculate” us against the fears that naturally arise?
We shouldn’t stop consulting traditional world maps, with their borders and demarcations. But we could probably all benefit from a glance at the Pale Blue Dot map, too.