<P>IS ACCESS TO SCIENCE A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF EVERY CHILD? /HWXVDVNDQHYHQPRUHEDVLFTXHVWLRQRZHDJUHHWKDWDFFHVV to science is a fundamental right of every child and every human being? Let me clarify, when I say access to science, I truly mean access to actually doing science with ones own hands. I believe it is. XWWKLVYLVLRQUHPDLQVXQIXO?OOHGZLWKRXWDFFHVVWRWRROVIRURSHQ HSORUDWLRQVRIDVFLHQWL?FGLVFLSOLQH?QWKHSDVWGHFDGHZLWKWKH drive to organize all of human knowledge and unforeseen advances in Internet technologies, we have made great strides in making VFLHQWL?FNQRZOHGJHDFFHVVLEOHWRUHPRWHSDUWVRIWKHZRUOG?RIWHQ wonder, though, is that enough? Would the young Galileos among us EHVDWLV?HGLIWKH\\ZHUHMXVWWROGWKDWWKHHDUWKUHYROYHVDURXQGWKH sun? 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He had never looked at a parasite, so why should he truly believe that such a thing exists. Human beliefs are formed from experiences we have in our daily lives. This is why intuition plays such a critical role in our life. What was lacking in his education ZDVDFWXDOO\\DPRPHQWZKHUHKHIHOWKHZDVSDUWRIDVFLHQWL?F HSHULPHQWZKHUHKHDVNHGDTXHVWLRQDQGZDVDEOHWRDQVZHU it by himself, where he made mistakes and corrected and learned from them to result in an informed self. 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