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Film festival promotes scientific thinking at early age

Anselmo Jason

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, October 30, 2019  /  04:55 pm
Film festival promotes scientific thinking at early age

Save this place: "Earth to Future: A Future Without Plastic" is one of the films to be screened during the Science Film Festival (SFF) in Indonesia. (Goethe.de/-)

From flat earth to ancient aliens, the supernatural and various conspiracy theories, pseudoscience has never been more popular. Perhaps pseudoscience has become so popular due to the ease of internet access, which allows “pseudoscientists” to spread their theories like gospel, gathering fanatic followers. Pseudoscience affects everyone, even those who have actually graduated with engineering degrees. Such a trend is apparent in Indonesia. More and more graduates of top engineering schools in Indonesia promote scientifically debunked theories, such as the flat earth theory, through their social media channels. While these graduates are just the minority, their influence cannot be underestimated because they carry with themselves a degree in engineering, which validates their scientific pedigree in the eyes of the common folk. What pseudoscientists often do better than...