Science

Science is not dogma. It is not holy writ. Nothing is more hypocritical than a so-called scientist rejecting something out of hand without even putting it to the test and giving it a fair chance in experiment, no matter how ridiculous or outlandish it might sound, and these experiments not only have to be properly set up but they could take years. Science is solely based on a dedication to finding the truth, whatever that may be, and "calling the bluff" of whatever is claimed because science uses well-designed experiment (and hopefully proper statistical analysis for greater accuracy since numbers don't lie to you as much) as the sole test of truth, not "flawless human reasoning" or "past experiences of others" (bah!). It never claimed to "be the truth." It's just a tool for finding it. In fact, the #1 best way of getting into science is to become a skeptic about literally everything; to question everything. However, science is extremely focused on the truth. Science has the audacity to believe that the truth probably exists independent of the veils of each individual's flawed perception (i.e. poor hearing, poor vision, misunderstandings, poor comprehension etc.). In other words, if a tree falls in the forest, based on our observations up to this point, it probably makes a sound. The world doesn't revolve around the human that 'needs to be there to hear it fall.' It also has the audacity to claim that we'll never completely know the full truth, and that as a result we may never know if truth even exists at all - but that we can get as close to it as we need to for practical purposes. The closest discipline we have to 'knowing the truth' is mathematics, and logic, which is essentially math's twin sister. Since I am a huge nerd I will now send you here.

Science is not anathema to religion, either. Why? Well, think about this. If the Deity is the essence of infinite intelligence, wisdom, and truth, which created all that exists, and if the Deity wanted to reduce human suffering as much as possible because this Deity is also infinite Love, then rejecting a discipline of intelligence, wisdom, and truth which reduces human suffering, which is a part of what this Deity created, is... possibly disrespectful to Deity. There have historically been many scientists and innovators who created extraordinary things who were religious - Al-Khwārizmī (Muslim, possibly where we get the term "algebra" from), Avicenna (Muslim) and others from the Islamic Golden Age, George Washington Carver (researcher of peanuts/sw. potatoes to improve soil quality and more, Christian), Gregor Mendel (an Augustinian Christian friar), Robert Boyle (Anglican), Copernicus (Catholic), Edward Jenner (Christian, inventor of the vaccine), and many, many more. Indeed, science and religion have interesting parallels, and after spending most of my life speaking to many scientists and other nerds I can tell ya that most have a very interesting individual take on how they mix. What is really cool, however, is that regardless of religious differences scientists tend to get along really well, because science is something they can all agree on.

The Scientific Method:

An example of the Scientific Method in informal, not-too-rigorous practical usage:

Here is an example of the Scientific Method in use. Khan Academy

Simplified, the Scientific Method goes like this: Make an observation, ask a question, form a hypothesis (testable explanation), make a prediction based on the hypothesis, test the prediction, iterate iterate iterate iterate iterate iterate (use the results to make new hypotheses and predictions and repeat the entire process over and over again).

Here is another method of explaining it: ScienceBuddies

Here is a simplistic method of explaining it: Scientific Method

If you wish to come up with a hypothesis, it helps to keep a good experiment in mind so that you can test your idea in the real world instead of with wishful thinking. This is helpful for everything in life. With the scientific method, practice makes perfect, so if you wish to truly master how it works I suggest using it with everything you can think of. It is helpful for determining the truth, and that's what science is all about. These days, despots and their cronies are doing everything in their power to foster an anti-science attitude. Why? Because science works, and it is one of the keys to freedom, power, and living a good life. It kills fear and in its place creates independence; reasoning; freedom. More importantly, it's way more difficult to create a cult that gives you unearned goodies when you're dealing with scientists as opposed to the uneducated. People who want to be dictators would rather the general public not know that.

By the way, science is only boring when you're first learning it. The more you learn, the weirder it gets. And by weird I mean really bizarre. Weirder than folklore, fairy tales, urban legends, and conspiracy theories. Try A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. You'll see what I mean.

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If you haven't had the benefit of seeing these before, please do yourself a favor and watch them. They are notorious for getting people, especially kids, absolutely fascinated with science. Sure worked for me!

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