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The Scientist.


What would we know about life and the
world today with out the scientists. Yes, those people who wrote journals, and articles,
and  performed experiments over and over
again. Those who formulated theories about life and how this world revolves and
who went through years upon years studying in school and getting PhDs. What
would we know about life without these individuals?

The truth of this matter is that we do not
need individuals of this type to know about what life is today. All one needs
is questions, curiosity the desire to seek answers; and there you are, a
scientist. In the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, we are  introduced to Deborah, an individual who has
so much curiosity, so many questions, and does whatever she can to seek out
answers. Being an uneducated woman, someone who has no idea about what cells
are and what they mean to the human race, she does a brilliant job in trying to
gain some knowledge on the topic. She watches Jurassic
Park and takes countless notes on
something she does not understand, but she has questions and seeks answers,
which makes her a scientist in my opinion.  Obviously, my definition of a scientist is
different . To me, a scientist should not be a person who gives us solid
answers to why things are the way they are, instead, a scientist should be a
person with questions and the desire to seek possibilities. Those who wonder,
are scientists. Those that know all the answers are not human.  With that said, we are all scientists. We are
humans with questions, we are  individuals that wonder, and we all seek
answers in one way or another. We just guess numbers and figures, pulling the
puzzles apart. Questions of science, science and progress do not speak as loud
as our hearts.  Do you feel me?

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  1. ms
    September 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading and contemplating this post. I do agree, I think that a scientist is not merely defined as someone working in a laboratory wearing a white coat. Each day that goes by, we experience situations that cause us to wonder, ask questions, and most importantly, seek answers. It is these very questions that I agree, allow us to be scientific in our search for answers. Deborah’s quest to find and understand the truth about her mother’s cells is truly a profound example of how even the most unsuspecting individuals can rise above and go beyond the norm to answer their questions. Wikipedia’s broad definition of science states, “A scientist in a broad sense is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge.” Even Deborah can be applied to this definition, as she was meticulously gathering information and acquiring details about her mother’s life to fully understand the extensive it legacy left behind.

  2. September 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Before I comment, I do have a question. Is this supposed to be a poem? Or is the format just slightly distorted? Either way, I disagree that everyone who wonders or seeks answers to questions are scientists. In science, something can only be considered science if they are testable. If something is able to be proven wrong, it is science. For example, gravity can be proven wrong. The existence of a higher power can not be proven wrong, because it is not testable.

    Perhaps people who wonder about life should be called philosophers instead?

  3. September 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    This is not a poem, i wrote it on word first and then i copied and pasted it and it formatted itself to look like a poem i guess. You deffinitly have a point there when you talk about something being testable. I guess my point in writing this post was that one does not have to be an educated person and go though years of schooling , perform mulitiple experiements and wite in scientific journals to be considered a scientist. Someone who has a question and a desire to answer it is a scientist in their own sense. Someone like Deborah. She in her own little way is a scientist. Totally your right to disagree.

  4. September 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I also greatly enjoyed reading this post, and am in agreement with your opinion. I feel that the desire to question and theorize is a major component of the nature of science, because without curiosity there would be no discoveries. I believe that there are many different types of scientists, and that the title of scientist is not reserved simply for those who receive results through tests and processes. The mere act of questioning the way the world around us works is a scientific process.

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