Thinking Like a Scientist

There are many definitions of science. My favourite simply calls it “a method for inquiring about nature”. The key word here is method. The beauty, power, and versatility of the scientific method come from its emphasis on not fooling oneself. As such, it has value in all realms of life. For example, check out this interview in The Humanist. At the end it touches on some bizarre U.S. politics but most of the article is an excellent discussion of the importance of critical thinking in everyday life. Getting kids interested in science might be easier if we made more of an effort to point out that thinking like a scientist is good for so much more than just acquiring facts about nature.

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