Why is Science Important?

by Nancy Atkinson on March 12, 2009

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Science is everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives, from cooking and gardening, to recycling and comprehending the daily weather report, to reading a map and using a computer. Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredible pace, and our children’s future will surely be filled with leaps in technology we can only imagine. Being “science literate” will no longer be just an advantage but an absolute necessity. We can’t escape from the significance of science in our world.

But not everyone understands that, or has been taught to think critically, or been provided with the tools to analyze and test a problem or situation.

Alom Shaha is a school teacher in the UK, and he has put together a website and a video, asking people to share why science is important. There are scientists, educators, psychologists, artists and many others from different walks of life who participated in this project. The video is of exceptional quality, and I urge everyone to watch and share it. Help people learn about the importance of science.


Why is Science Important? from Alom Shaha on Vimeo.


I found out about this video from Phil Plait, and Phil has his own video on this topic that he shared:

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Sci-Fi Si March 12, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Science provides us with a logical, factual and generally rational explanation of the World around us.

Science is not about proving the non-existance of God. It is about providing a solid basis on factual, repeatable, measurable and determinable results.

The ‘Standard Model’ may not be complete, nor perfect, but that is because of gaps in our understanding. The sooner we can fill these gaps and reach a T.O.E the more holistic will our understanding of the nature of our existence be.

So yes, I would say science is important.

OillsMisery March 12, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Which standard model are you referring to? Many disciplines have standard models. Even astronomy has a couple of different ones.

Molecular March 12, 2009 at 9:02 AM

Science is the act of involved, evolved thinking. :)

Olaf March 12, 2009 at 2:40 PM

It is sad that the US has to import scientists.

Jesper March 13, 2009 at 7:06 AM

The importance of science cannot be underestimated!

Without all the inventions and discoveries that we made through science, we would still be in the dark middle ages.

It’s very important that as many people as possible are made aware of this. The more people are at least a little bit science literate, the better off humanity will be.

Lluis March 15, 2009 at 11:13 AM

science is important, yes. but it does not have much to do with inventions. in a time where evrything is acknowledged to be connected, “traditional science” is too much influenced by mechanics where to understand something it must be dissecated into pieces and then each piece must be understood separately. that is sometimes useful, but always the whole is much more than then parts put together and where lots of “frankesteins” are created that way, therefore “traditional mechanicist science” is essentially wrong, even if it is becoming a “religion” and holding the “absolute truth” and the sole right to decide what is right and what is wrong. what a pity!

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