What is the Nature of Science?
Ever since receiving this reading assignment I have been confused about exactly what it meant. When asked about what I thought the nature of science was prior to reading the article I answered:
“The nature of science is exploration. I think science stems from the natural human curiosity. Its our natural need to know the meaning behind things, how and why they happen. My concept comes from my ideas about human nature developed from my experience with others. In my experience, human desire to have a reason for everything. We like to be in the know. As a result,I believe it stems our quest for knowledge. So the job of a scientist is to explore the whys of life and find explanations for things to relieve our innate need to know”.
However, the article took a completely different approach. It discussed the history of science, specifically theory, observation, induction, realism, and instrumentalism. The only part that was similar to my ideals was the last section called “An understanding of the nature and status of scientific knowledge” which gave bullet points that described scientific inquiry.
So my question to you is does anybody understand what the essay is describing. What is the nature of science? How do you determine someone’s opinion on the nature of science? Are there rules or certain perspectives like in politics or is it simply a compilation of personal opinions about science as a whole?