The Life Of A Scientific Man…

In science nothing is absolute. That’s the one hard lesson you have to learn when you dedicate your life to the dissection of the observable world. Nothing you see is definite and the more you know about other things, the more you see in the other things you came across before. It’s an ongoing circle of growth and discovery.

It’s also a path of accepting mistakes through trial and errors.

I say this simply because of all the planning I had for my research project, I’m beginning to realise that my experiment didn’t work as I planned. In fact…it didn’t work at all. That’s about 3 weeks worth of work down the drain. So pardon me if I feel a little melow about it. Then again as I said, nothing is absolute in science and in the end it isn’t about whether or not the experiment worked. It’s about what I can learn from the fact it failed. Because in the world of research…

Even failures have a sense of purity.

The trick is not to lose focus on them.

Even the things that worked before can be changed in a blink of an eye into things that make absolutly no sense because you find something else entirely that contradicts what you previously found. Maybe I can understand why people turn away from science these days. I mean…it takes a certain amount of willpower for you to actually push on despite the truckloads of information you have to sift through not to mention the high amount of trial and errors that come when you are set on pursuing a the truth behind things.

It is a tedious task few can truly dedicate their lives to.

Maybe that’s why I can also understand why a lot of people turn to the belief of religion anyway. I mean think about it. When you have to choose between a lifetime of searching for answer or answering for yourself in a lifetime, no surprise there that most people would rather choose to wait a lifetime to deal with the consequence than work towards looking for answers throughout their life.

It’s just human nature to avoid being troubled.

Well…in any case, I guess it’s just a few more test left to figure out what went wrong with my project anyway. I suppose it shouldn’t be that bad. I do know I have a lot to write about my experiments in my report because it didn’t pan out…which would be good thing because I’ll be graded on my ability to analyse and give possible future alternatives that might work rather than whether or not the experiment succeeded in the first place.

After all…it was my own design rather than something out from a textbook. That at least is something I am very proud off to begin with. Succeed or fail, it was a good effort and well…like the lab techs and my supervising lecturer said, that’s the essance of science itself.

To take the road less taken to find what hasn’t been discovered.

Which is fair to say has been the story my life thus far.

I guess I was born into this after all.

Who would have thought I would?

One thought on “The Life Of A Scientific Man…

  1. which is why all we learn in science is mostly theories. einstein’s theory of relativity. darwin’s theory of evolution. just because a theory seems to “fit” into most situations, doesn’t mean there isn’t one situation where it won’t work at all. it’s like an analogy i read in a book written by a philosopher…europeans never saw black swans until cook “discovered” australia. so before sea travel, people in europe or the americas could safely assume that all swans are black. it took a trip halfway around the world to prove that assumption wrong. this analogy is something i remind myself about every day. never assume. and never accept anything without questioning it first. as for religion…alot of people don’t embrace religion without long periods of questioning and searching. it’s not something to fall into just to have a safety net or an easy way out of our problems. i know i definitely gave plenty of thought before i became a christian. which is why that is still one thing i cannot agree with you on…your views on religion. good post though.

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