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Science as Problem-Solving


Adapted by Wil Franklin from Paul Grobstein, 2007  "Thinking about Science: Fact versus Story Telling"

 Science as a Never-ending Process of Problem-solving and Question-answering

A traditional perspective


A loopy story telling perspective



Science as body of facts established by specialized fact-generating people and processes


Science as successive approximations to Truth



Science as authority about "natural world


Science as ongoing story telling and story revision: repeated making of observations, interpreting and summarizing observations, making new observations, making new summaries ... individually and collectively, Potentially usable by and contributed to by everyone

Science as a process of problem-solving/question answering and if change is the only constant then it is a never-ending


Science as skepticism, a style of inquiry that can be used for anything, one which everybody is equipped to to/can get better at/be further empowered by, and contribute to - a way of making sense of what is but even more of exploring what might yet be


The crack
  • Multiple stories for a given set of observations
    • 3,5,7, .... ?
    • 1+1=2 or 1+1=10?
  • Observations in turn depend on stories
  • Science is as much about creation as about discovery

If science is as much about creation as discovery then the "crack"is a feature, not a bug ... and differences among people are an asset to the process rather than a problem or an indication it isn't working


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