What's the biggest leverage we have to promote scientific method and free thinking in the world?
Promoting science and free thinking is an impactful activity. It can help reduce terrorism, can accelerate well being, eliminate hatred and can generally make a world a better place to live. When everyone argues scientifically (instead of emotionally or rhetorically), logic trumps and that usually means as a society we progress. Ironically, not enough is done to promote science or free thinking in the country. In India, people get arrested for 'hurting' religious feelings, we hardly win Nobel prizes, our students aren't producing ground breaking research. For a country of 1.2Bn people, isn't that surprising?
I'd love to discuss what can we do to change that. In typical scientific fashion, what's the biggest leverage we have to promote scientific method / curiosity so that a small action ends up having a domino effect and making a big change. Is it science advocacy? Is it for-profit science institutions? Is it appealing to egos of the very people who promote group-think?