Chris Anderson asks questions that no one in this lifetime will ever be able to answer. He brings up two questions. The first question is how many universes are there? As of now, no scientist can agree on an answer. The current consensus is that there are anywhere between 0 and infinity number of universes. Because this answer is unknown, it is a fascinating time to be a part of science specially if you are studying physics. Physics is undergoing a modern age of enlightenment. As of now, 75% if not more of the universe is unknown and simply called dark matter. As a science educator, it is important to not only note this current era but to acknowledge and promote it within class. Unfortunately, many students experience science without learning about the recent advancements. As a result students are having a difficult time envisioning themselves contributing within the science community. But showing students that there are plenty of questions waiting for answers, students can see that there is a great need and relevance for scientists.
The other question Chris asks is why can’t we see evidence of alien life? Although speculations often form in science fiction, the true answer of this question is still waiting to be discovered. In looking for the answer, we begin to explore what we currently know about the universe. As of now, we know only a limited amount regarding our universe. In the last 100 years humans have witnessed an explosion of technological advances. However, the universe has been around for longer than 100 years. The possibilities for technological advances are endless. I believe that teaching students that there are infinite possibilities will help expand students minds and promote divergent thinking.
As an educator, I need to learn that there are things we just do not know right now. I need to teach this to my students, that we are living in a world where we will never be able to answer every question. I believe in teaching this, I will be promoting lifelong learners. In my perspective, there is never a time where I will know it all or know enough to stop learning. This is a skill not only to survive in modern times but to thrive within this modern era. Students should learn that no matter what area they enter or are working in, that there is never a state of knowing everything and therefore will be perpetually learning.