The good thing about science

  1. The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.

    I love this quote!
    Last edit by brian on Feb 24, '12
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    That's a good quote, one that I might use in my signature someday. . .

  4. by   leslie :-D
    well, it certainly is indisputable.
    certainly kills the case for lively debating, yes?

  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Well, it is and it isn't, because what we SAY is true may change when we make the NEXT discovery about it. Maybe we should say, the good thing about TRUTH is that it's always true... lol
  6. by   netglow
    Oops I guess I hit the wrong key and didn't post?!

    Was agreeing with Liddle. I would add that science is only as good as the last hypothesis... after all you got to ask the right question first, now don't ya? Ask it in a slightly different way and you go down a completely different road.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    netglow and liddle are right - science changes its mind every day about something.

    one of the greatest books about this is by bill bryson (famed author of that great book "a walk in the woods"). he's come out with a version of "a short history of nearly everything" for kids too!

    bill's story-telling skill makes the 'how?' and, just as importantly, the 'who?' of scientific discovery entertaining and accessible for all ages. in this exciting new edition for younger readers, he covers the wonder and mysteries of time and space, the frequently bizarre and often obsessive scientists and the methods they used, the crackpot theories which held sway for far too long, the extraordinary accidental discoveries which suddenly advanced whole areas of science when the people were actually looking for something else (or in the wrong direction) and the mind-boggling fact that, somehow, the universe exists and, against all odds, life came to be on this wondrous planet we call home.

    a short history of nearly everything was lauded with critical acclaim, became a huge international bestseller and won the aventis prize for science books as well as the descartes science communication prize. it was reissued in a lavishly illustrated edition, followed by an illustrated version for younger readers: a really short history of nearly everything.

    bill bryson - books - a really short history of nearly everything
  8. by   Ted
    This may be a bit of an aside. . . but. . . doesn't "good" (and HONEST) science involve re-examining the results to tests, re-testing theories, "exploring other possibilities", etc.? Does not "good" (and HONEST) science involve strict adherance to the (please forgive me for the redudancy) Scientific Method??

    I was thinking about this particular thread yesterday. (I have absolutely no life whatsoever!) Duing my ponderings of this thread I realized how important the Scientific Method is to us as we continue on as a species. . . learning, exploring, hypothesizing, re-evaluating, being curious, questioning, etc., etc. Look at where we are, today, in terms of technology and our understanding of. . . EVERYTHING! About 500 or 600 years ago, most people on this planet thought the Earth was flat. Today, we have the knowledge and ability to speak to family and friends half-way around the world. Pretty cool, huh! Of course, we are more than just "creatures of science". We have feelings, emotions, and even "values" and "morals", all of which often times seems counter to what is considered "good" science and the Scientific Method. Everything combined, though, makes us US! We think, we feel. . . and we explore, we're curious and we want to learn and want to "understand".

    I celebrate this.

    (I know. . . too much thinking. . . ) LOL!

    Here's to science. But, also, here's to enjoying the world before us with much emotion and celebration!


  9. by   netglow
    6 months after some medical find about how you should take some supplement or another, word comes out about how you should stop taking it because, you'll die or suffer some dreaded disease if you continue taking it (different hypothesis tested, no doubt.) LOL. Reminds me of this:

  10. by   TopazLover
    When you were 15, chances are, revolutionizing medicine wasn't among your after-school activities. But for 15-year-old Jack Andraka, it's par for the course. The high school sophomore recently developed a revolutionary new test for early-stage pancreatic cancer. This, before he could legally drive a car.

    Science. We need more.
  11. by   herring_RN
    The Nursing Process is a scientific problem solving method. We nurses use science all the time.

    But sometimes we have to do the best we can because all is not known.
    Like making it manf=datory to wear a mask if you haven't had a flu shot.

    This years vaccine in about 60% effective and the person MAY gat the flu and not be as sick.
    Does wearing a surgical mask prevent transmission of the flu I can't find a definitive study as of now.

    PS: I got a flu shot in late November.
  12. by   TopazLover
  13. by   Medic2RN
    Andraka tells TakePart, “I came up with the idea when I was in science class. I was supposed to be paying attention, but then I had this epiphany.”
    This part cracked me up!
    My friend died last year from pancreatic cancer. It's a horrible death. I love the idea that a daydream may save uncountable lives in the future. Excellent article!