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The Left's Assault on the Scientific Method
Another pillar of our society is being dismantled by the Woke insurrection
Sometimes things are just not what they seem! When we are dealing with the Left promoting their ideology, that happens more often than not.
Take their attack on the Scientific Method. They say they are against it because it “promotes linear thinking.” Those who do not think critically might be inclined to blithely accept that assertion. The reality is: a) that claim is false, and b) there are several disturbing real reasons why the Left is opposed to the Scientific Method.
a) Their Claim is Wrong —
The Left’s underlying specious, unjustified position is: linear thinking is inferior to lateral (creative) thinking. That claim is highly debatable, e.g., see: here, here, and here. They never make an argument specifically about this, as they have none. They simply throw out the word “linear” in a disparaging way, and expect that non-critically thinking students, parents, teachers, and administrators will accept it. Linear thinking is NOT a bad thing, and it is NOT inferior to lateral thinking. Comparing linear thinking to lateral thinking is like comparing horses to cows.
The second major flaw in their position is that the Scientific Method is not constrained to linear (uncreative) thinking anyway. For example see this citation in The Scientific Method and the Creative Process: Implications for the K-6 Classroom:
“Both the scientific method and the creative process utilize creative problem-solving techniques as well as facilitate higher-order thinking skills. Both of these skills are vital to student success in school and in the workplace (ref: Cornett).”
A different commentary states:
“The scientific method is an iterative process that uses the repeated acquisition and testing of data through experimental procedures to disprove a hypothesis. A hypothesis is a proposed explanation of natural phenomena, and after a hypothesis has survived many rounds of testing, it may be accepted as a theory and used to explain the phenomena in question. Thus, the scientific method is NOT a linear process of steps, but rather a method of inductive reasoning.”
Let’s look at the Scientific Method and see if it is a linear or creative process:
Make an observation [This can be about millions of things, so wide open to creativity]
Ask a question [There are innumerable creative questions possible]
Gather background information [This is determined by the creativity of the user]
Create a hypothesis [There are many possibilities, based on the user’s creativity]
Make a prediction [Again, this is only limited by the user’s creativity]
Conduct an appropriate evaluation [Yet again, only limited by the user’s creativity]
Analyze the results and draw a conclusion about the prediction [Conclusion are only limited by the user’s imagination and creativity]
Share the conclusion and decide what to do next [The many choices of what to do next are a function of the user’s creativity]
The closer you look, the more you realize that every step of the Scientific Method involves creativity. It is not just a mechanical “linear” process. It is not a machine where we turn the handle, and new science pops out at the end. Instead, it proceeds through creativity, inspiration, and imagination — and sometimes guesswork and luck. What distinguishes Science from pure speculation however is that you have to then bring those inspirations and guesses back to the Scientific Method and test them.
What about the argument that there is “linearity” in the eight (8) steps that should be followed sequentially? The answer would be to look at the proposed substitute for the Scientific Method and see how it is different. That inspection reveals that the Left’s “alternative” consists of eight (8) steps that need to be followed sequentially!
So it should be very clear that the Scientific Method is not just linear. However, it’s the teaching of it that can give that misconception. The learning process (esp for children) proceeds from the simple to the more complex. (For example, we start by learning addition, then multiplication, then algebra, then calculus…)
The initial presentation of the Scientific Method is a simplified explanation of the fundamentals of how this powerful, universal, problem-solving method works. In the beginning, simple linear examples are used to demonstrate it.
Once the basic concept is understood, the teacher should proceed to apply the Scientific Method to more elaborate situations. In these cases, creativity and imagination are clearly required. As stated above, creativity is the opposite of linearity.
b) Some of the Real Reasons the Left Hates the Scientific Method—
1 - Applying the Scientific Method exposes the fallacies of many of the key elements of the Left’s ideological program — major matters like Wind Energy, Climate Change, COVID policies, etc.
For example, if we use the Scientific Method and test the hypothesis “wind energy is a net societal benefit” the answer is a hard “No”. Etc. The Left’s response is not to discard wind energy as a net liability (as they should), but rather to try to dismiss the Scientific Method as meaningless.
2 - The Left is adamantly opposed to Critical Thinking citizens, as they want robotic compliance. The Scientific Method is not just a scientific process but rather a universal problem-solving methodology. (Note that the word “Science” doesn’t even appear in the steps of the Scientific Method!)
Due to its universality, it is a key tool in the arsenal of Critical Thinking people. In other words, if the Left can extract the Scientific Method from our K-12 education, they have gone a long way towards diminishing our students’ ability to do Critical Thinking. This is a key objective, and they have been successful so far.
3 - Similarly, the Scientific Method (in combination with Critical Thinking), is an exceptionally powerful tool in enabling citizens to become more self-sufficient, competent, and independent in all aspects of their lives. The Left is strongly opposed to people becoming self-sufficient, competent, and independent, as they want citizens to depend on (and thus be controlled by) the government.
4 - Both the Scientific Method and Critical (rational) Thinking are supposed symbols of “Whiteness.” For example, see here. Additionally, Science itself has been similarly labeled. Public school systems are not likely going to publicly say any of this, but the ideological leaders of the Left believe such nonsense, and they are behind progressive school standards like the NGSS. This is where these three “problems” are dealt with.
5 - If the Left is successful in dumping the Scientific Method, it then allows them an opportunity to fabricate an alternative methodology that incorporates some of their ideological objectives into it. That’s exactly what they are doing.
For example, their NGSS alternative heavily promotes the value of computer models. When citizens have the temerity to ask questions about Wind Energy, Climate Change, COVID policies, etc., the answer is some variation if: we are following what sophisticated computer models and experts say is the best path — who are you to question them? Critical thinking is poo-pooed as a waste of time, and inferior to relying on computers and “experts.” (Defer to authority is their message).
For additional information about this very important issue, please carefully read Appendix I in my Education Report. In that analysis, I examined the attack on the Scientific Method a bit differently. There I responded to the assertion that the new NGSS concoction is BETTER than the Scientific Method. It is absolutely not!
The bottom line is that the attack on the Scientific Method is a proxy fight about our democratic rights and freedoms versus Leftist ideology. Choose where you stand.
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