Note: I’m not in anyway affiliated with the March for Science or its organizers. I just think we’d all benefit from more science in our lives.
For the next 30 days, posts on Logic is Life will be in appreciation of science or provide some information about the march.
It doesn’t seem very sensible that electrons would behave the way they do.
You might think of electrons as the orderly balls of matter politely swooping around their nuclei in an orderly orbit. The truth is that they’re reason-defying maniacs rippling through the fabric of space in a probability wave until you measure them. Then all of a sudden they start acting like those little balls of flying matter again.
“Look at me! I’m an effervescent wave of likelihood that exists both nowhere and all over the place at once. Lol. Just kidding, I’m a particle now.”
If we were going to argue about it, you would no doubt be able to produce mountains of reasons wave-particle duality sounds preposterous. Many of those reasons would sound quite intelligent. But no matter how much sense they made, all those reasons would be wrong.
Electrons sometimes behave like waves and waves sometimes behave like particles.
Physics doesn’t care about your petty bickering.
My point? We can sit around arguing about our “opinions” on the truth all day long – until we go out and poke at the world, it’s all just babble.
Science doesn’t exist to order us around and tell us how a sensible world behaves. It tells us the way the world is behaving, sensible or not.
Science tells us the truth.
Science Doesn’t Have to be Political – It Can be a Mediator
Lately, science has been treated as if it has some sort of political agenda of its own.
For that reason, many of the observations, calculations, and findings conducted by scientists get disregarded as “us versus them.” This idea doesn’t serve us, therefore it must be a plot contrived by them.
This idea serves no one. It doesn’t serve ‘us,’ and it doesn’t serve ‘them.’
Science doesn’t set out to push a policy for shits and giggles. It didn’t get a hair up its ass one day that its allergic to money and invent problems to address.
And it’s not a single organization with a single will it intends to carry out.
Science is a process happening all over the world. It can be done by you.
It is the mediator that reports truth back from two competing theories based on what happened.
So the truth is weird and can’t always be worked out in our heads – what of it? Why do we care if stupid science says some stupid thing about Nature and reality? Why give any heed to these malformed insults to the rational mind?
Because knowing how the world truly works versus the way we think it ought to work is what gives us things like:
- Smart phones
- MRI machines
…just to name a few.
Everything we do rests on the back of science. From our inventions to policy – the only way to make the best decisions is to know the truth. The best way to find the truth is to poke at the world with impartiality and accuracy.
To do that, we need science. And we need it to be respected.