A method of understanding the natural world through observation and experimentation.
Despite many claims to the contrary, it is not immune to a priori assumptions or worship.
Killing Kittens: Gee Mr. Science, what have we learned today?
Mr. Science: Well David, we've learned that Broca's methods of measuring the skulls of various races has proven the inherent superiority of the average white male.
KK: But didn't he purposefully select younger female skulls to get a lower mean for different ethnic groups?
Mr. S: Now David, he was a highly trained professional. Don't let your political correctness get in the way of scientific fact. It's wishful thinking, and a bit too idealistic of you.
KK: But . . . isn't it true that cranial capacity doesn't have anything to do with intelligence . . . at least not as much as brain size in proportion to body size? And that women are simply proportionately smaller on average than most men?
Mr. S: Only seemingly, David. Be casreful not to draw your conclusions from biased sources.
KK: Thanks Mr. Science!
Knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through the scientific method and concerned with the physical world and its phenomena.
THAT'S what science is. I don't know where you people are getting the idea that it has anything to do with fascism/communism/whatever.
Something that works, bitches.
Bonus points if you can identify the science being used.
what she blinded me with. whoever "she" could be.
she blinded me...with science!
An attempt to understand the world around us through observation of natural phenomenon. One of the most important concepts in science is the scientific method - a series of steps designed to allow us to learn about our surrounding efficiently and without misunderstanding.
Science is also sometimes posed in opposition to religion. While the two are not necessarily incompatible, there are several points on which they disagree, and there is also a major difference in their underlying principles: Science fits the theory to the evidence. Religion fits the evidence to the theory.
Science allows us to learn about the world.
A system of understanding the physical universe that is open to adapting to new information, even if that new information means that what was previously assumed to be true has to be henceforth regarded as false.
Contrary to popular belief, a scientist does not (or at least should not) attempt to prove their theories correct, but rather attempt to find any flaw in the theory, so as to gain a better understanding of the fundamental principal being studied
The difference between Astronomy and Astrology is that Astronomy has undergone numerous changes in the course of its history. Astrology, on the other hand, still suggests that someone born in, say, late October, is a "Libra" when in fact the zodiacal constallation the sun was in when they were born would in fact be Virgo.
This is an easy way of seeing why Astronomy is a science, while Astrology is now mostly relegated to the horoscopes section of the newspaper.
Subtly different from regular, or garden, science
, SCIENCE! is when reality starts to break down in a haze of maniacal cackling. Any idiot can practise science. It takes a real psychotic genius to pull off SCIENCE! The capital letters and exclamation mark are important.
Newtons laws of motion are science. Frankenstein's monster was SCIENCE!
Performing SCIENCE! occasionally leads to angry mobs attacking your isolated castle, wielding pitchforks and burning torches.
"B-but that's impossible! It shouldn't work! It can't work! It doesn't make sense!
"Nothing is impossible for SCIENCE!"
An attempt to understand the world.
Often contains big words that are unnecessary.
"Well, It appears science has failed again, in front of overwhelming religious evidence."
--Reverend Lovejoy (The Simpsons)