Science is a typical requirement throughout education, but I wonder how many people struggle defining science. They know that science does experiments, and provides explanations through facts, laws, and theories, but do they really know what science is and what science does.
Let’s think of science as football. Whereas football has players, a rulebook, referees, and a playing field, so does science.
Science and football are human endeavors. Both require knowledge of the game and rules, a trained mind, and a degree of imagination.
Science and football deal with connections, patterns, structures, a sense of history, and use of the senses and equipment.
Science and football have playbooks for the players to follow in order that they reach their goal. Whereas coaches design football plays as a counterattack in a chess match with the opponents, scientists have methodologies that they must follow in term of conditions and variables.
Science and football use referees to enforce rules. Whereas all of us can casually participate in either, the professionals must carefully follow the rules. While the powers at be designated football rules by numbers that are enforced by those in the white and black outfits, science referees are within the scientific community as new findings must be verified by others.
Science and football occur on a playing field with boundaries. Whereas football designates boundaries by white lines, science is limited to explanations within nature. Whereas no player scores a touchdown by crossing the goal line after going behind the bleachers, the work and explanations of science are limited to our natural surroundings.
Science cannot prove or disprove God’s existence because that question/topic lies outside of science’s self-imposed boundaries of the observable events in the nature world around us. Science cannot differentiate the natural and the supernatural because science cannot empirically observe God’s hand; but that does not discount God’s existence.
Science brings us new knowledge, yet knowledge for a given point in time because it can change based on newer knowledge. Science is a gift and one of our great tools, but not the only tool. Science is a way of knowing and making connections, but not the only way. Enjoy the video.