The Scientific Mindset

The Scientific Mindset

The scientific method is a simple, yet powerful, methodology that has changed the world and has led to all the technology that surrounds us and improves our lives today. Just as important as the scientific method, however, is the scientific mindset. Not only is the scientific mindset absolutely essential for performing good science, but it's also advantageous to cultivate this way of approaching the world in day-to-day life. There are four aspects of the scientific mindset--curiosity, an open mind, skepticism and humility.

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Happy Newton Day!

Happy Newton Day!

I am a member of an overlooked minority in the US you don’t hear much about—people who don’t celebrate Christmas. There are many reasons why, not the least being the blatant materialism of the season in a culture that’s wasteful and materialistic on the best of days. For more on our culture of waste, please see The Story of Stuff. I also happen to think that buying someone something is one of the worst ways to try to show them they mean something to you (it is, however, one of the easiest). So, for those of you who have similar feelings, I offer an alternative: Newton Day.

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