Contrary to popular belief – Science doesn’t have to be the convoluted, tortuous, esoteric affair that so many of us feel it to be. Rather, the Scientific Method, is an inherently simple thing that all of us use every day of our lives. It is a methodical and systematic approach to the natural world and its intrinsic laws. It is, also, the most important – and, only – self-correcting tool, available to Mankind.
Science is not a collection of results, abilities, or even explanations. Those are products of science but not, science, itself – any more than a table is carpentry, or, that, the finish line is racing.
The results produced by science are tentative and can be, possibly, wrong – in whole, or, in part. They are, usually, in-complete. None of this necessarily implies any deficiency or infirmity in science, itself. Science is a process: it is a way of thinking, a manner of approaching and, possibly, resolving problems – a route by which one can produce order, and sense, out of disorganized and chaotic observations. Through it, we achieve useful conclusions and results that are compelling, and, upon which, there is a universal tendency toward agreement.
Science does not promise absolute truth, nor, does it consider that such a thing necessarily exists. It does not even promise that everything in the universe is receptive to the scientific process…
Now: take a look around you – right now. Nearly everything within your field of view – which, isn’t, some part of the natural world – is a product of one, or more, of the sciences. But, Science is a tool. It is a thinking tool; a self-correcting, un-biased, and reliable way of approaching the mysteries of the Natural World and, the Universe, as a whole.
And, that being said:
I present, here: a small collection of my general science essays, for the very curious general reader (accessible from the MENU button at the top of the page), on, various, current scientific concepts – each, with an easy-going and clear style of presentation – Science, for the very curious. I hope that they are, at least, the short, digestible, light-hearted and, sometimes, even funny ‘lessons‘ that a friend has called them. Moreover, they are interactively open to commenting, so that – this can also be a place to teach, and voice your ideas, and opinions, on science topics of your choice.
Oh – uhmm, just one note of CAUTION: Science can be really, really FUN! No, I mean – REALLY!
I hope you’ll enjoy….
(Please bear with me, as, I’m currently, still “tweaking” things here…..
Also, there are some duplicate menu items I’m still trying to figure out how to get rid of. There doesn’t seem to be any way to delete them, at least, not using Android…)
Dale Alan Bryant is a writer of general science essays, specializing in Observational Astronomy, Astro-biology/Exo-planets, Paleo-anthropology, Human Origins – and other, rapidly growing fields, and is currently working on his book of, “General Science Essays For the Very Curious” – which, emphasizes clarity of, otherwise, sometimes, difficult-to-grasp scientific topics. His easy-going, clear, and often-times, humorous manner – makes these topics approachable, and even, likeable – but best of all *understandable* – and, yes, even fun!
He is, also, a veteran observational astronomer with a certificate in astrobiology, currently involved with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the Breakthrough Initiative Project, Planet Hunters.org, and the Kepler Space Telescope (Kepler Orbiting Observatory) exo-planet databases.
When he’s not writing, he’s probably playing hard-rock guitar licks on his – ‘far-less-than-nominal–but-well-tweaked’, “First Act”, electric guitar ‘replica‘!
Also, he has been a writer for the American Association of Variable Star Observers (aavso.org) on exo-planets, the search for extraterrestrial life, and the Kepler Space Telescope. The Kepler mission has discovered over 4,500 new planets orbiting stars, other than the Sun, in more than 2,000 newly discovered planetary systems (read: ‘Solar systems’).
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