Friday, June 11, 2010

how scientists see the world

all i see are equations: a funny little comic by abstruse goose.

this is funny, but not entirely true (hopefully)! i tend to look at things on more of an intuition level - not always attaching equations to simple events. if something confuses me or doesnt make sense at first glance, then i'll think about it a bit more in depth in order to try to understand it.

the comic above is posted with a cool link to found functions and a quote from the late great carl sagan: science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.

this reminded me of a little video clip i saw this week where neil degrasse tyson discusses how we should be trying to teach students and people how to ask questions about why things are the way they are instead of just trying to memorize some facts or believe anything people tell you.

and one more link... i read an interesting article this week that asks what is a "law of physics," anyway?


Big Mark 243 said...

Because I like you Manda and you aren't like the rest of the people here in the trailer park, I will indeed click and look at EVERY link you posted.

I read 'Cosmos' for the sake of reading... but it didn't reach the inner scientist in me. But I think much like the quote, that science is a way of thinking and a philosophy as well.

Much of what is discovered is done by intuition. Where would you say the inspiration to first search for the answers that is found in the labs come from. A divine inspiration, I'd say, as close to intuition as you can get.

The brain computer still calculates and input data. I don't know it what is discovered intuitively is done so any differently than anything found scientifically. Einstein coming to his grand theory is for me, a proof to how 'intution' moves from theory and to scientifict practice.

... but I am not scientist... did stay at a Holiday Inn Express ..!

Big Mark 243 said...

Doctor Tyson was spot on in his admonition of how people will admit to a lack of understanding regarding scinece and it is acceptable. One reason I think that is society doesn't encourage intellectual growth. Right now it favors specialization and excelling at the accumulation of material wealth than being a well rounded in scholarship.

Science is left to those who want to do that sort of thing. Often done far from the bright lights and with much of the reward being the accomplishment and respect earned in the small community that the science occupies, it doesn't register on the radar of most folks.

Science can, as shows like 'Lie To Me' and 'Numbers' show, explain the why to more than just how chemicals and elements react to one another.

In fact, I see philosophy (though I didn't study much of that either..!) AND science as being of the same vein... and perhaps that will be the book that I write..!