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Life, the Universe, Everything

How Science Works

I really couldn’t put it any better than this.

Science is so much more than the simplified “observation ->hypothesis ->data ->conclusion” that we learn in highschool, yet most science classes focus merely on the details of past scientific discoveries, and spend almost no time on the actual process. Carl Zimmer says it better than me:

These questions may seem too abstract to bother with. We all know what science is, right? So why don’t we just cut to the chase, and learn about black holes and viruses and everything in between? Pondering the nature of science is important, though, because understanding how science works lets us get much richer, deeper feel for what we do–and don’t–know about the natural world.

It also might get the masses that buy into anti-science bullshit to appreciate that scientists are not out there trying to corrupt their poor Christian children with godless ideas, but are in fact searching for an understanding of the natural world.

Well, probably not, but it’s worth a try.

2 January, 2009 Posted by | Science | , , | Leave a comment