“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
-Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt; Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time


Science has the potential to explain such fascinating mysteries of life, and yet science also has a reputation for being relatively complex and, often, difficult to understand.  Many pressing issues that come up during elections or are everyday decisions we have to make involve, and require, a knowledge of science that many people do not have and yet are asked to form opinions about all the time.  Everyone wishes to form educated opinions about these issues, but the information to truly form unbiased opinions about science is often inaccessible.  The intent of this website is to take some of these science issues and decisions and elucidate some of the truth behind them.

Here are a few struggles I encountered when deciding to write this blog.  The first is simply that truths as absolutes either do not exist or are incredibly hard to find.  While there are plenty of documentaries and essays written on the effect of nuclear power, almost all of them use rhetoric and some form of data manipulation or exaggeration (not in the academically dishonest way, but simply in the sense that they place emphasis on the data they feel is most important, but it makes it more difficult to see both sides of the issue).  These problems make the scientific truths very difficult to decipher from all the bias that everyone introduces to anything they create.  I plan to do my best to provide both sides of an issue, but I will place emphasis on where the scientific truths lie.  For example, there are definitely two sides to the global warming debate, but scientific evidence and “truth” lie overwhelmingly to one side (I am sure I will elaborate on this more in a later post).  However, I will, for the most part, post citations to where I find my information and try to get the vast majority from legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific journals.  I’m sure I will also post more on the epistemology of this blog, particularly with regard to the peer review process, which is so often criticized.

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"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge" – Carl Sagan

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