Arthur C. Clark is an English science fiction writer famous for saying, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” When some of us watch a magic trick, we desperately want to know how the illusion was created. Several people have suggested that I offer a series of webinars that will demsytify some of the technology we use on a daily basis, and also to expand your horizons to the edge of the known universe.
I am facinated with almost everything. I’ve spent hours and hours in museums, absorbing as much information about the world as I possibly could. Now I would like to share that information with you. I have some expertise in many scientific fields, and I plan to have sessions on astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, oceanography, and many others. If you have questions about a particular subject, I am willing to devote a session to explaining everything I know about the subject. I think it will be fun!.
Scientists all have one thing in common. They are very logical. Most people are not. Let’s imagine that you and I are going to flip a coin to decide who is going to pay for lunch. I flip the coin, catch it in one hand, and slap it to the top of my other wrist. We both know that the coin is either heads or tails. Those are the only possible options. However, until I remove my hand from my wrist and we look at the coin, neither of us really knows the result. I may sincerely think that it’s heads, and you may be equally sincere in your belief that it’s tails. However, the fact of the matter is that we really don’t know. Scientists are very comfortable saying, “I don’t know”. Again, most people are not. There is a lot that we don’t know, but that does not detract from the amount of information we DO know..
You will learn that science is not a collection of information. Science is a methodical process for collecting that information, and validating its objective truth. It is a cyclic process beginning with observation. We notice a phenomenon and wonder how and why something happens. Next we make a hypothesis about how and why it happens, but it is only our best guess at this point. Then we create an experiment that will either prove or disprove our hypothesis. When we think we have discovered something new, we share our information with other professionals in the same field so they can perform a very important peer review. They are looking for flaws in our theory, and errors in our experimental procedure. Science is a very demanding process, but the result is that we end up with information that is “objectively true”. It is not just someone’s opinion. Two plus two is four, no matter who is adding the numbers. Water always boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, no matter who is doing the boiling. Science allows us to make accurate predictions about the future, allowing us to control the “magic” in our lives..
I hope you will join me for some very interesting, and very intellectual conversations.