Importance of Science: Understanding Our Past, Present and Future
Can you imagine a world without science? You wouldn’t have to worry about being late to work or finding your car keys because, well, jobs and cars wouldn’t exist. You would be living in a cave or a rudimentary built shelter, at best, wondering whether you’ll be able to hunt something for your next meal, or get killed and become some wild animal’s next feast in the process. The moment that early humans decided to take action into securing their survival marked the birth of science, as that’s the moment when they started asking themselves two vital questions about the world surrounding them: “How?” and “Why?”.
Basically, that’s exactly what science is about: understanding how things work and why, and the answers science gave us so far allowed us to survive, ensure our survival and improve our lifestyle in the process, so I don’t think it’s exaggerated to say that science is the most important element of our existence. If you want a proof of just how awesome science is, check out this online course on geology and you will learn about the origins of our planet, how it was formed and why it is in the form we know it today – starting from billions of years ago, all the way up to the present day.
Science: It Works for Everyone
When they hear the term “science”, a lot of people usually imagine some guy wearing a lab coat and safety glasses, operating some high-tech machinery or mixing some funny-looking substances; in fact, science can be a lot simpler than that. Science is actually not something that’s strictly happening into a laboratory, but rather everything that follows a certain pattern, and can be replicated if some conditions are met. Throwing a rock up, just to see it fall down to the ground can be considered science, as the rock will always fall down, thus demonstrating that gravity is present, and that it works.
The bigger misconception is that you have to understand how it all works in order to take advantage of it – this couldn’t be more false. Just think about it this way: you may not know much about electricity or electronics, but you know that if your TV is plugged into the power socket, once you push the power button on the remote, it will turn on. How do you know that? It’s simple – because you’ve done it over and over again, with the same results. But science gave us much more than non-stop television.
Evolution of Science
Humans are curious creatures and, while at first they only tried to figure out how the most basic things needed for their survival worked, once their tomorrows were no longer at stake, they started becoming interested into deciphering the many unknowns around them. They started paying attention to things they had close by, as well as to things that were far out of their reach at the time, such as the stars. Just from looking at the night sky, two branches of science that still intrigue us today appeared: astronomy and astrology. You can check out this blog post to learn more about astronomy and astrology, and how these centuries-old sciences impact our existence.
Curiosity and thirst for knowledge lead to the apparition of multiple branches of science, but all these can be grouped in two big groups: natural sciences and social sciences. While the first group of sciences focused on discovering as much as possible about our planet, the latter focused on studying its inhabitants. Today, each of these groups contains a dozen other sub-genres, and with every major breakthrough, new sub-genres appear.
Importance of Science in Our Daily Lives
One of the most important things science gave us was security – we figured out how to take care of our physiological needs, as well as our physical needs. Having something to eat the next day, a place to be safe and treatment for a sickness became normal aspects of our lives, and with these basic needs fulfilled, we were free to concentrate on learning even more. We made the most out of science by initially trying to understand how things worked, and then making them work to our advantage; the result is that, besides offering us what we needed, science allowed us to create what we wanted.
Even more important than security is self-awareness. Science allowed us to understand how things work, but also how to make things happen. Social sciences made us understand that, if we want to survive, we need to work together in an organized matter. This is what led to the apparition of the economic system, the political systems and the education system. Check out this online course on economics at a global scale to learn just how much this branch of science evolved.
Science is introduced in our lives at an early stage, through our education. We learn a basic set of skills that we expand with specific knowledge in a certain direction at a later stage, but we never really appreciate just how important science is in all this equation. Just imagine that what you can learn in a matter of hours, such as the things in this online course on mathematics fundamentals, took mathematicians countless years to research, discover and understand. Education is our first encounter with science, in its various forms, so it’s crucial to get it right. If you’re a parent, check out this online course to learn why getting the best education for your children is important, and how to do it.
Once our education cycle is complete, it’s time to choose whether to pursue a career that will push science forward, and thus contribute to science directly, or opt for a career that will just allow you to get by in life. Even if you opt for the second option, you will still be contributing to the advancements of science, as a lot of the taxes the governments collect go into science and research. However, you might consider taking this online course and learning about the 12 Universal Laws – it might change your perception of things and inspire you to pursue a way that will be more satisfying.
Today we are closer than ever to solving some of science’s biggest mysteries. We have the technology to simulate important events in the past, such as the Big Bang, and we have the technology to fly into space. We have nations working together for the greater good, and we have a 500-ton man-made object – the International Space Station – orbiting into space to prove it. We have the means, the technology and the will to take things further, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
However, with science it is never simple and straightforward, as there’s always that one thing that can come up and change everything. Take this beginner-level online course on quantum physics to understand what I’m talking about – you’ll see how everything can take an unexpected turn and make sense in a whole new way, or not make any sense at all.
Be that as it may, science is definitely one of the most fascinating elements of our existence, and I’m pretty sure nobody can argue about that. It’s like a giant puzzle we’re actively working to solve for thousands of years, the result being the answer to the question that’s been troubling us for centuries – where did we come from, and where are we heading at?
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