Do we have to learn to think scientifically in order to find the truth
Humans have always had problems of knowledge; these could be uncertainties, biases, limitations of knowledge and limitations of methods. In the essay title there are some problems of knowledge. The words and terms used in the title could be interpreted differently according to ones background. The idea of this question is what must we do in order to find out the truth, but another question will automatically arise; what truth are trying to find out? There is a limitation to this word truth as it could talk about many different things.
Truth of science, truth of love, of religion and so on. This is a clear problem of knowledge. According to a dictionary, truth means the quality of being true or genuine. The focus of this essay is to establish the problems of knowledge of this question and find out if we have to think scientifically in order to find truth. In the essay title, we come across the term “we”. This again, could mean many things, is we use to characterise humans, or intellects as it involves science?
This is Biased upon us and again could lead to a false interpretation of the title, is we everyone who is human and lives on this planet? The reader must watch out with little things like this because it could sometimes mean a different thing and lead to a false direction. Another problem of knowledge would be the word “scientifically. ” The title clearly asks whether we can find truth using scientific notions or not. Would this mean that science is the only tool to find the truth? What about ethical truth, would we have to think scientifically to find out the ethical truth, or the religious truth.
If you have faith in God, and find truth in God, but yet science proves that God has not created the earth, would you find the truth? Again, little things like this create problems of knowledge and misinterpretations. The most important word that cause a limitation to the reader, would be the word “truth. ” What truth are we talking about, is it the scientific truth, can truth ever be found, are we living in a world where it is like a dream and we do not realise what is really happening around us and therefore the real truth can never be discovered?
This again is a common problem of knowledge where one term could symbolise many different thesis. For example, a young child has always been taught that God had created the earth and that this was accomplished in 6 days and that on the 7th day, God decided to have that day as a resting day. If that child had always believed that all his life and always had faith in religion and in the bible, but then later on became a scientist that were to prove that the earth was actually not created by God but by a scientific reason, what would happen to his notion of truth?
In this certain case the boy has experience two different types of truth, the truth through religious eyes, through faith, and the truth through scientific eyes. This demonstrates that there can never be one truth and that people all over the world have their own types of truth as the come from different backgrounds, have different cultures and are at different ages everywhere. Age is a key factor as you believe things when you are 10 that you will not believe when you are 30. You can certainly find, to some extent, parts of the truth using science.
As there are many different truth, according to people’s believes, science is also a truth and therefore thinking scientifically will lead you to finding the “scientific truth. ” This excludes all other truths which do not have a mathematical of scientific explanations as some truths involve faith. In every life, there were, are and always will have problems of knowledge. Something’s cannot everyone’s perception of things and therefore will always have misinterpretation. Things such as marketing and advertising are a good example where misinterpretation could happen.
The four main problems of knowledge are the “uncertainties, the biases, the limitations to knowledge and the limitations to methods. ” These happen as people come from different backgrounds and have been taught to think differently. Some problems of knowledge also arise when something is too broad, such as this title ” do we have to learn to think scientifically in order to find the truth. ” There are too many uncertainties, Biases and limitations to knowledge within those 14 words. ” The answer to the essay title is somewhat yes and somewhat no.
We can find “scientific” truth and therefore must learn to think scientifically in order to do so. On the other hand, when we think as truth as a more general think, the answer to the question would be no because there are other truths than science. Some truth are the total opposite of scientific truth. In conclusion, the essay title is to inaccurate with its terms. The truth for this essay title is the scientific truth, but there are many more truths. The answer is yes and no to the question.