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The Importance Of Interest In Science

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I was born with a natural interest in the sciences and mathematics. There is a certain allure to the sciences that has always reeled me in, even from an early age. It is not a passing fascination, but a lasting dedication. My role models are not pop stars or celebrities. Instead, they are great philosophers and scientists; Locke, Newton, Kepler, Rousseau, and countless others are the people who have influenced my direction in life. It is their example that drives me toward the goal of bettering mankind. Whether that be through an invention or a new theory or otherwise, I want to be known for an achievement of this magnitude. Alone, however, having this goal is not sufficient proof of my suitability for the position. An interest in science does not necessarily mean that a person is smart. Instead, the real requirements of science are that a person is both curious and capable of thinking critically - the light and the lighthouse, respectively. It is these two factors that help form effective scientists who are capable of all the tedious experimentation and evidence gathering that precedes drawing valid conclusions - something that I believe to be true of myself.

"Information is not knowledge," is a famous quote from Einstein that perfectly illustrates why critical thinking is a scientific prerequisite. The ability to question and discern whether a claim is true by a reasoned process lies at the heart of turning information into something more. But without a systematic backbone that demands critical thought like the scientific method does, validating and testing hypotheses becomes a difficult task. At which point we would find scientific advancement come to a near stand-still. A good example of this is scholasticism, a dominant phi...

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...ntrivances of the sciences. Without technology we would not have the power to count votes or communicate idea and philosophies. It is what allows humans to live longer than ever before with perpetual innovations in pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and antibiotics. The very roots of humanity lies in technology. So science does not only represent progression, but also represents civilization.

The scientific method is widely believed to be the most accurate way in proving a hypothesis, or any other conjecture, and the first step is generally to make an observation and ask a question. The ability to observe lies in one's curiosity, and the ability to ask a question stems from that. Critical thinking allows to delve deeper into the question and eventually answer it. These two traits, along with others, mankind can advance science and ultimately advance our civilization.
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