Science isn’t like magic or religion. Your faith in it doesn’t determine its existence. If you don’t believe in God, then God doesn’t exist for you. Magic is magical, only if you believe in it. But science exists no matter what. Not being able to wrap your head around calculus doesn’t make it nonsense. Supercomputers still use linear algebra to crunch complicated algorithms regardless of what we believe. 1G is still 9.8m/s2 whether or not you think gravity is real. And the planet Earth is still spherical, no matter how flat you see it.
Not believing in Global Warming isn’t the same as not believing in science. Global warming is one very narrow interpretation of the scientific data. The data is solid. There is tons of data across the globe going back decades, even centuries. There is a consensus about what that all adds up to, but it’s not unanimous. Yet, regardless of your opinions or doubts, the consequences of changing climates will still be felt by you, no matter what the science tells you.
The Scientific Method is universal. It’s the same process that separates poison from medicine. No different than the evolution of technology that leads to our next cellphone upgrade. It’s how we determine the best oven temperature for the perfect pot roast.
Want to see science in action? Grow a garden. The scientist in you comes out quickly if you want to end up with delicious things to eat. If the results are important enough for you to be successful more than once, you will naturally start applying the scientific method to figure out the right way from the wrong way.
I cringe when people try to discredit “science.” It’s usually not actual science that they’re referring to. The irony about doubting science is that in order to dispute science, you have to first throw the scientific method out the window. Once someone does that, there’s no rational way to reason with that person. It’s more about what they feel than what they think. And feelings are rarely logical. Just ask anyone who’s madly in love, or burning with hate, or crippled with sadness. Very little of what they say is going to make any sense, and they don’t care if it doesn’t.
I LOVE to learn new stuff. Often times, I don’t even care what that stuff is, as long as it’s something I can learn. It’s the scientific method that helps me learn truth from misconception, fact from fiction, the right way from the wrong way, success from failure. I believe in science. Science is the reason I rarely had a hangover, no matter how crazy the night before was. Science is how I figure out other people’s problems for the first time. If I’m telling you “Hey, it’s worth a shot,” then I’ve already started the method. We will learn if it’s possible to fix, or not.
Even people who don’t believe in science, use science, every single day. Any form of measurable self-improvement is an exercise in science. Better job performance. Improving health and fitness. Trying to get laid or paid. Unless you’re hellbent on making the same stupid mistakes over and over again, you learn from what you do, and you try to improve it. If it works, you try the new way. If it doesn’t, you either go back to the old way, or try something else.