There is no such thing as exact science but at some point in history, we the people decided that science was THE explanation for the world around us. Once a scientific hypothesis has enough evidence, it becomes a universally accepted theory or law but it doesn’t necessarily follow that every scientific finding is valid or THE truth. Because of this tendency to believe so whole heartedly in science as ultimate truth, society has forgotten where science came from, that science is just a reflection of us and is constantly evolving right along with us.
We used to believe that Earth was the center of the universe.
We were even convinced that smoking was healthy and harmless.
How many times have you seen the phrase, According to the latest research…?
Science can only use the best facts known at given time to explain the universe but those facts are limited by technology, awareness and the intelligence of that time. Because science has been put on a truth pedestal, it has been used and misused to convince people that medicines are safe, only to see recalls or lawsuits for the negative side affects. Science has been misused to separate and elevate humans. Hitler used science to justify his idea of the perfect race. Science has also been hired by corporations to “prove” self-serving information. Scientific studies can be manipulated, even subconsciously by scientists who are desperate to achieve something. This misuse of science has also caused a mistrust in science because we expect more of science then we should. We expect scientific studies to hold ultimate truth. This unreasonable expectation has created a backlash. Some people now demonise science or scientists has anti-religious, sterile, GMO growing, Nazi’s in lab coats but this is not where science came from.
The origin of science is exploration and discovery by asking questions to help us learn about the universe and our world. Science is about growth, building upon previous great minds to continually generate a new understanding. Scientists question each other, this is the purpose of publishing work, so it can be questioned and shared with others and so that these ideas can be placed under pressure to hopefully flush out the truth. Scientists are explorers, curious as to how the world works. We usually love nature and try to protect it. We usually love the wonderment of how things work whether it’s physics and Newton’s laws or the biology of how our bodies work or the chemistry of medicine, but we do not and cannot know everything. Knowing that science is ever evolving based on the limited knowledge present at a given time, let’s not look at scientists as the givers of ultimate truth. Rather let’s remember that just like technology, science is growing exponentially based on new discoveries and new ideas. While we teach our youth the laws of science as we know them today, let’s also not forget to remind them that they will dictate the scientific truths of tomorrow. That things can change and will change so they should not stop questioning, wondering and learning about the world around them.
“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”
― Albert Einstein
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
― Albert Einstein