Understanding how science operates as a social phenomenon will be vital as our world becomes increasingly dependent on its products. Teaching science in the future will need to be less of a task of presenting ideas as a list of facts, and more a facilitation of critical epistemology, where education is delivered as a set of skills and values that work with our social brains rather than in spite of them. For individuals, knowing the difference between a useful belief and a figment of wishful thinking could make the difference between living and dying. As a species, the choice is one which will lead to the suffering of our future generations or their prosperity in a changing world.
– Mike McRae, Tribal Science, page 4.