Science – what does it mean? Everyone talks about it, but have you noticed that no one really says a word about it? So, what is science?
Ironically enough, this was a bit of a brain scratch for me, so I had to look it up myself. As I embarked on this quest, I stumbled upon a website called “sciencemadesimple.com” and here is what I got:
The word science comes from the Latin word “Scientia”, meaning knowledge.
Hmmm…..Not surprising, a lot of words we use today are derived from Latin words. Consequently, that brings up another investigation… How do we defined science? It’s not as easy as it seems, to speak of the topic of science in it’s most generic form. After looking through Webster’s New Collegiate dictionary, this is what I also discovered:
Science is defined by the knowledge covering general truths of the operation of general laws, esp. as obtained and tested through scientific method [and] concerned with the physical world.
So, what’s the purpose of science? To understand ourselves, and most importantly, the world around us.
Putting science into perspective, it is an idea, a concept that creates everything in respect to each other. To create a connected understanding of society and the area we occupy and perceive through a provable methodology.
It is to understand the physical world around us; which we can use in order to help make this place simply a better one. But Why?
Although “Science” the way a good amount of us equate it to intimidation, cold, and dare I say it even insufficient. What if we were to replace the word science with a word or words that everyone likes to associate their mode of thinking with? For instance, knowledge or an even a bolder word, truth? Would it be any different if I were to say that knowledge is infinite thus the reflexive properties of the ethical equation, would that mean that science is indeed infinite?
Alas, this is a mystery far more fascinating than any mystery would could create ourselves. If we could bring ourselves to stop seeing this art as a choice or a moral belief, I personally believe that we would progress that much more in our community. To admit that science is a fact, in the same way that knowledge, truth, and life is a fact. This being said, science is a lot of things, but it is not dogmatic. Hence the advocators of this discipline should not be either. In order to help embrace this message and this concept more efficiently, it helps to view ourselves and everything we encounter whether it be living or nonliving, a piece of art created formed and existing by science itself. Become curious again, understand that science does not have an expiration date or a grade, know that science is you and me. It is not a choice, it simply just is. That in science’s limitless entirety, is an oddity of itself.
- Piano Black