Science Works in Specific Ways


The purpose of science is to learn about our universe. The joy of science emanates from the freedom to explore and wonder. However, in order to maximize the probability that in the end we get things right, science follows sensible guidelines. It is important to keep in mind certain fundamentals:

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Science Has Principles
  • Science relies on evidence from the natural world and this evidence is examined and interpreted through logic.

  • Creative flexibility is essential to scientific thinking, however science follows a process guided by certain parameters.

  • Science is embedded within the culture of its times.

Understanding how science works allows one to easily distinguish science from non-science.

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