How strange that many people find science distant, or useless, or boring, or suspicious. I think the scientific impulse is naturally human, and that only the way some of us learn about it, and the way it is presented in our societies, is what mutes our interest.
Today's link on Daring Fireball to Wired reminded me of that. Writer Clive Thompson says that:
Science isn't about facts. It's about the quest for facts.
A few months ago, web comic xkcd made a similar point in reference to MythBusters:
Ideas are tested by experiment. That is the core of science. Everything else is bookkeeping.
I learned lots of things from my science degree, but the key thing was that it's not a catalogue of knowledge, but a process to find that knowledge. A process that, fundamentally, is fun for the people who practice it. We should all understand that to be the foundation for the many things we have invented and come to know over the past few centuries.
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