Science is the process for testing ideas about the forces in nature that affect the world we live in. This process produces the most effective tools, technology, that can make our lives better, if we use them properly.
Of course these experiments are also great fun because we get to blow stuff up, take things apart, and create a gooey, slimy, mess. Kinda like a food fight using nature. 🙂
If I lived 1,000 years everyday would bring some new, amazing, scientific discovery about the world,the universe, and all the creatures that inhabit them.
Some amazing science news I have recently come across. A sea slug that feeds on sunlight, like a plant, and an experiment that created temperatures 250,000 times hotter then that at the center of the sun.
1) The little sea slug, Eysia Chorotica, can do what not other animal can. It converts sunlight into energy.
It does this by kidnapping the “photosynthesizing organelles” and some genes from algae. Once a young sea slug slurps its first algae it never has to eat again. It incorporates the necessary genetic material from the algae into its body, and from then on gets all the energy it needs from sunlight.
“This could be the fusion of a plant and an animal.” says zoologist John Zadus, of the Citadel. “That’s just cool.”
That is the only reason we need to conduct an experiment, it’s cool. As in, “I just blew up the 50 million dollar lab.” Cool!. 🙂
2) The folks at the Brookhaven National Laboratory have created a collision of gold ions, traveling at near the speed of light, that generated temperatures of 4 trillion degrees Celsius, the highest temperature every created in a lab, and 250,000 times hotter than the center of the sun.
That’s almost as hot as my last girlfriend got when I forgot the anniversary of our first date. 🙂
This collision produced a “freely flowing liquid composed of quarks and gluons”. Such a substance filled the Universe a few microseconds after the “big bang”, some 13.7 billion years ago.
The other amazing thing is that Brookhaven was able to observe an event that took less than a billionth of a trillionth of a second, less time than it takes light to travel across a single proton.
Scientific technology is operating at a level I can only begin to comprehend.
3) Since most who post comments here are people of religous faith I have the following question:
What is the difference, if any, between the thought process of religious faith, and the thought process of science?
I think the answer to this question might explain why people from each discipline can have difficulty communicating with each other. Sometime it seems they are speaking two different languages. In some respects they are.
The disciplines(?) of science and religion are compatible, even though to me the thought process for one is very different from the other.
Religion is an emotional experience. The words we use to describe it are emotional, love, soul, spirit.
Scientific research requires that we remove our emotions, as much as possible, from the process. The words in a scientific paper should be clinical, as objective as possible, written in a neutral tone.
Scientist are just as emotional about their work as people of religion are, but the thought process a scientist use to develop their ideas must be as emotion free as possible.
We think of a religious experience as coming from our heart. While scientific thought emanates from our brain.
Religion is a moral code. Science is a process. Both will infuse us with a great love of life, and leave us in awe at the beauty in it.
In science a person’s life ends at their death, will the goal of having made the world better for future generations.
It can be said that a person of religions faith believes the best part of their existence begins when they die. Their goal is to live according to God’s law, and gain the reward of everlasting life in Heaven.
A person can use both religious faith and science during their life. However when we enter one world, or the other, you may need to adjust how you think.