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Identify some of the public perceptions about science with examples from a film, a television series, a documentary and a science scare story.

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Unit 5 P2 ? you must identify some of the public perceptions about science with examples from the following categories. * A film * A television series * A documentary * A science ?scare? story Give an example of each and briefly state how it may have influenced the public?s perception of science. A film - the film 2012 may have influenced the public?s perception of science. The film 2012 is about a frustrated writer that struggle?s to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threaten to annihilate mankind. Back in 2012 there were rumours that the world will end on exactly 21st December 2012 and this is what this film is based on. It may have influenced the public?s perception of science because it made people aware of the event which may happen as we do not know. As people are watching this film it is making them scared as they realise the world is coming to an end. Also when this film was released people were hearing more and more rumours of the world ending by people who have seen the film. ...read more.

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I had asked an English teacher about the big band theory and he had come up with this ?the big bang theory is a television series, God is the creator of the universe, and God created everything on the universe. Because of my religion I will obviously believe that God had created the universe as I have been brought up to be learning this?. The big bang theory is an effort to explain what happened at the very beginning of the universe. Some peoples mind becomes blank when people ask them, how did the world begin? The reason for this is because some people do not believe in God and therefore, believe that it just happened as a miracle. The reason it may have influenced the public?s perception of science is because the big bang is about the beginning of our universe and people think, how science can go back millions of years to find out the start of the universe, so because of this people believe science cannot discover everything. A documentary ? destiny in space gives viewers a glimpse into the future of space exploration. ...read more.

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A science scare story ? MMR stands for measles, mumps and rubella. The reason that this is a scare story is because the disease was spreading fast back in them days. They call it MMR for short but it has three different diseases. It was a scare because it was on the news every day in them days and people were getting scared they might catch the disease. The reason it may influence the public?s perception of science is because when the disease was spreading people were thinking why scientists were not coming up with a cure for it. I had asked a member of the school about it and they said ?it?s true in them days scientists knew the disease was spreading fast and they were not mentioning or coming up with a cure for it. People were also dying because of it? this shows that some people were starting to think that science is false and slow, the reason for this is because if science was not coming up with anything people were starting to think science can?t do much. If this disease was hitting the news everyday people get concerned because they want to hear science giving cures so it spreads less. This is how it can influence the public?s perceptions of science. ...read more.

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