Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
3.1.5 Defining and Measuring Scientific Literacy
Maintenance for the International Space Station’s “science central.” Photo Credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, 2009.
It can be argued that scientific literacy is more about the ideas behind scientific thinking than about hard facts. Facts can be remembered and regurgitated, whereas real scientific literacy comes from being able to think critically and discern answers among the noise (PLOS 2015).
How do we measure scientific literacy? Is being scientifically literate more about knowing certain “facts” about the world, or is it more about how we reason through problems? This article argues that being scientifically literate is not about how what we know, but rather about our attitudes on how we come to know.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.