As you’ll notice, this site is under construction. We’ll probably begin posting in January 2016. Please check back. You’ll be glad you did.
Hello, Everybody. This is SimpleScienceStuff.com.
This new site will blog simply and informally about science stuff. Not just strictly science, but all kinds of stuff related to science. For example, Professor Jerry Coyne used the expression “science broadly construed” in a recent blog post and defined it a “a combination of repeatable and testable empirical observations, doubt, and reason.” In other words, not just formal science, but all kinds of sciencey stuff that very broadly uses the scientific methods of observation, reason, skepticism, and testing. We’ll be discussing those kinds of things and calling it “science stuff.” And we’ll do our best to keep it simple.
We may talk about these kinds of things and many more:
- How science works.
- Science studies nature, so we’ll talk about nature a lot. With pictures and videos.
- Technology, because science produces it.
- Politics when it affects science and science education.
- Religion and dogma when they interfere with science.
- Science education.
- Anything else that comes up that’s related to science.
Eventually we hope to promote a few Simple Science Stuff books, ebooks, disks, and other materials. Always fascinating, informal, and simple enough so you won’t bruise your brain on it.
This is not a children’s site, but children are welcome.
Simple Science Stuff is intended for adults and young people of all ages from about 13 up. A few smart young people even younger might find our site useful, with their parent’s approval. Science stuff will be presented tastefully and accurately, and we welcome everybody.
Since science is the study of nature, there’ll be lots of posts about interesting plant life, animals, animal intelligence, mountain terrain, oceans, and just about everything else in nature. Nature includes space stuff, and I love Hubble Space Telescope photographs. We’ll talk about technology, too, including how things work and how they are improving.
Since science is skeptical in nature, we’ll discuss the importance of demanding sufficient evidence before drawing conclusions.
We won’t usually discuss things like politics or religion, but we will sometimes discuss how they affect the study or acceptance of science. Neither can we let this stop us from discussing “controversial” subjects of a scientific nature. For example, evolution and climate change are controversial among many lay people, and especially those of certain religions; but not among scientists. In such cases, we always go with the science.
Our policies will always be flexible, to some extent.
We are sold on scientific methodologies, because they work. They work very well, in fact. The scientific methodologies of “repeatable and testable empirical observations, doubt, and reason” are by far the best — and probably the only — way to learn real, verifiable, factual information about ourselves, our world, and the universe we live in. Combined with engineering to create incredible technologies, the methods of science took members of the human race from the age of the covered wagon to the moon in a single human lifetime, and created the modern world we live in.
We’ll even admit that science sometimes gets things wrong for a while, that it “keeps changing,” and that scientific fraud exists from time to time. Then we’ll show how science works to prevent and correct those problems.
We’ll talk about how science might change in the future, what almost certainly will never change, how the “scientific method” is designed to be self-correcting, and more. And the whole purpose is to keep it so simple you can understand and so interesting you’ll want to.
Check back soon and often. We’ll be getting started soon.