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eurie kim's picture

about science.

I liked what we talked about in class today, especially when we were bashing the traditional scientific method because I agree.
The traditional scientific method, as I learned it back in high school, was so procedural, and I feel like I never really got anything out of it.
When we were in lab partners/groups, we had to try so hard NOT to make even the tiniest mistakes to get the RIGHT answer. I was more worried about following the rules than figuring out what happens.
But shouldn't it be okay to make those tiniest mistakes in experiments in order to see what happens when something isn't right? Aren't inconsistencies what makes someone think for themselves, and as Dr. Grobstein said, prove something wrong?
As we talked about in class today, science isn't the truth nor is it right, it's just less wrong.

I'm liking this class already.


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