AOK: The Natural Science Katya Herbert

Is doubt the enemy of science?

Journals

JOURNAL 1: The video that we watched in class mainly referred to Natural Science. It talked about the scientific method of observing something, thinking about why that happened, coming up with a hypothesis, testing and experimenting that hypothesis and coming up with a conclusion. This basic method is called inductivism, which contains the 5 basic steps to the scientific method. He also talks about how one may need to repeat this method multiple times while altering his hypothesis each time before successfully agreeing with his hypothesis and completing the method.

JOURNAL 2: What did we learn today? Today we worked on our elective readings and chose a knowledge question to focus on. Our question was "Is doubt the enemy of science?” After discussing, we decided that no, doubt was not the enemy of science, in fact without doubt, we believe there would be no science. Without doubt in a subject or matter, we would not have that push or initiative to learn more about that subject and dig deeper. In Ignorance - How it drives science by Stuart Firestein he says "knowledge is a big subject, ignorance is a bigger one.” He says that "science is like finding a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room.” With further discussion we established that proving something in science, you have to say what it is, to establish what it is not. Like in the cat scenario, you need to be able to find the cat and know where it is before determining where it is not. If you begin with determining where it is not, you’ll never find the cat, because as you move from one space to another in the dark room, the cat is able to move too.

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Extension Readings

The first extension reading that i completed slightly dove into what science was. It said that science IS imagination, that without imagination, we wouldn't be looking for the things that we don't know. It was interesting to read because it illustrated how the effects of science without imagination.

In Ignorance - How it drives science by Stuart Firestein he says "knowledge is a big subject, ignorance is a bigger one.” He says that "science is like finding a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room.” This extension correlates with the previous one because, while "Science IS Imagination" briefly talks about how imagination drives science, "Ignorance: How it Drives Science" goes deeper Like in the cat scenario, you need to be able to find the cat and know where it is before determining where it is not. If you begin with determining where it is not, you’ll never find the cat, because as you move from one space to another in the dark room, the cat is able to move too.

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