Warner Pacific College
January 4, 2012
The Scientific Method and Western Culture
The environment’s well-being is the responsibility of each one of us, to ensure the survival of our race as a whole. In recent years, we all have heard through several media outlets such as television, radio, and magazines the impacts of our actions have over our environment and the effects that could have in our future. A great advocate for the environment is the former Vice-President, Al Gore. Throughout his movie, “The Inconvenience Truth”, Al Gore touched on a variety of topics regarding our actions and the effects of those actions regarding the environment. The main focus of Al Gore’s movie was global warming. The scientific society was involved in a series of investigations on the issue of environment. The process used by those scientists to determine the effects of our actions to the environment is called the scientific method.
“The Scientific Method is a logical and rational order of steps by which scientists come to conclusions about the world around them.” (Science Made Simple, 2006 - 2011).
The science community uses the scientific method to confirm the answers obtained by their researches and studies. The scientific method is a process to aid the user and to obtain answers to questions using a step by step format. Steps such as observations, hypothesis, predictions, experimentations, and finally the conclusions are the core of the scientific method. During the observation step, the scientists will research everything that is to know about the question or subject to be studied. Using diverse sources of information will help the research and the experiment to be good in general. The second step is creating hypotheses. Scientists will declare a statement that outlines the outcome of their experimentation. Hypothesis helps scientist express a research or study in a form of a question. The following step is predictions. During this step, a scientist gives a detailed demonstration about the truthiness of their hypothesis. The experiment that scientist will conduct is to exam their predictions. Having a wrong prediction indicates that new details about the experiment were brought out and to be taken into consideration. The fourth step is the experimentation. In this step, scientists will test their hypothesis with physical experiments. Experiments are the instrument used by scientist to find out if their thoughts or ideas were right or wrong. Experiments are an important part to the scientific method because it will test the hypothesis. Finally, the conclusion will express the experiment's results, and their relationship with the hypothesis. In the conclusion, the scientist has the choice to support or disapprove their hypothesis.
“Western culture is a body of knowledge derived from reason” (Western Culture Global, 2009).
In United States we enjoy certain rights and liberties that allow us to enjoy our lifestyles to the fullest. Our western culture style of living has given us a place in this planet in which a large amount of people around the world would like to be part of. Western culture is the direct result of a society obtaining knowledge from reasoning and understanding. This way of thinking helps societies such as ours to understand matters related to nature, including human behavior. Western culture allows our individualism way of reasoning from subject to subject. This type of culture also allows us as individuals to achieve our own happiness. Another attribute of western culture is the protection of individual’s rights without sacrificing another individual’s rights. Lastly, in western culture individuals have the opportunity to obtain personal wealth promoting a capitalism style of society.
The progress of our western culture is not to reasoning and understanding along. The scientific method is also responsible for the progress of the western culture. The scientific method and western culture has gone hand in hand helping each other through the years. Without the freedom of reasoning that western culture provides, we could not have scientific method. Without scientific method we could not have the advances in our western culture. The great discoveries and inventions in technologies and science is due to certain individuals who know the reasons and why’s of things. The price we had paid for some of those advantages in our culture includes damages to our environment. The growth in our population made for an increase in the housing industries, using part of our logging industries and taking part of our natural lands. In these types of cases, the scientific method is a great tool to measure how much damage we have made to our environment.
In conclusion, we all are responsible for our environment. The advantages western culture allows are a great privilege, not a right. We are responsible for not destroying our surroundings for a little space that we really do not need. We all should look the environment as an investment not only for us, but for our future generations.
Science Made Simple. (2006 - 2011). Understanding and Using the Scientific Method. Retrieved December 29, 2011, from www.sciencemadesimple.com: http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/scientific_method.html
Western Culture Global. (2009). What is Western Culture? Retrieved December 29, 2011, from www.westerncultureglobal.org: http://www.westerncultureglobal.org/what-is-western-culture.html#
Withgott, J., & Brennan, S. (2011). Environment: The Science Behind The Stories. San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.