Why I love science

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If I had to choose one paradigm. If I had to choose one idea humanity must not forget, must invent and re-invent, must teach its siblings and engrave in marble, that would be an easy choice, I’d choose science.

Unfortunately, our brains are not naturally programmed for science. It is superstition, religion, faith and mambo-jumbo that helped us through the ages. We are the outcome of a long journey and science has appeared only recently. Yes. Science needs advocating.

Many scholars call Ibn al-Haytham, who lived in present-day Iraq between 965 and 1039 A.D., as the first scientist. Ibn al-Hayatham invented the pinhole camera, discovered the laws of refraction and studied a number of natural phenomena, such as rainbows and eclipses.

The Greeks first suggested that matter was made up of atoms – fundamental particles that could not be broken down further.  Much earlier, the ancient Mesopotamians had no distinction between “rational science” and magic. When a person became ill, doctors suggested magical formulas to be recited as well as medicinal treatments. The earliest medical prescriptions appear in Sumerian during the Third Dynasty of Ur.

Today, in this era of fake news, conspiracies and relativism, it is only the scientific paradigm we are left to rely on, and it is time for us to take science education more seriously.  

 

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