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Drive to debunk myths and fake science theories

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Social media users urged to write anything related to science on their walls

The 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu pre-dated Darwin’s theory of evolution; Kauravas were test-tube babies; and, Ravana had 24 types of aircraft.

At a time when ‘theories’ such as these are being endorsed even at government-sponsored science conferences, a group of science enthusiasts in Kerala are planning a campaign on National Science Day on Thursday to debunk those myths and uphold scientific spirit. The theme of this year’s National Science Day is ‘Science for the people and the people for science’.

S. Navaneeth Krishnan, a science writer who put forward the idea, told The Hindu on Wednesday that all social media users would be urged to write anything related to science on their walls as part of the campaign.

It should not be forwarded messages, but could even be one or two lines that they could think of on their own. The post should have hashtags such as #KeralaCelebratingScience# or #LetsCelebrateScience# .

“Anyone can come up with simple scientific equations or theories, or poems learnt in schools. If it can be a detailed post with more facts, it could be more effective,” he said.

The post could include news reports on science and teachers could opt for the various scientific experiments they were attempting in schools. Students could write what they were learning in classes or raise doubts related to science. Some people might hesitate a bit thinking if they knew enough of science, but it was a fact that we learn some science in every stage of our life, he added in a Facebook post earlier.

Trolls

The idea was soon picked up by others with Nelson Joseph, a doctor and one of the writers for the Info Clinic Facebook page, suggesting creation of science-related trolls on the day. If all the troll groups in Malayalam took it forward, it could reach more people, he pointed out.

Premshankar Chakkingal, a research scholar, created a Facebook page where all those science-related articles could be shared and collected for future use.

Some of the members of the youth wing of the Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad too have joined the campaign. “We hope that this idea will spread among more people so that we can counter superstition and unscientific propaganda,” he added.

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