How to become enlightened. | 75/100

Good science:

  • Not based on ideology
  • Conducted honestly
  • A thorough, proper consideration of all prior evidence (not just that which suits you)
  • A commitment to empiricism
  • Reporting all the results, not just the ones which support your conclusions
  • Testing a hypothesis, which you accept or reject

Bad science:

  • Starting with the end goal in mind, and working backwards from that
  • Selectively reporting your results
  • Going in with preconceptions
  • Having an agenda
  • Skewing the data to match your expectations
  • Not accepting anomalies or unexpected results
  • Not doing your research

Empiricism. Enlightenment. The scientific method.

It’s all been key to our ability to progress so rapidly since the Renaissance, in terms of quality of life, technological prowess, the path towards eradicating poverty and disease.

But, how often do we apply the principles of ‘good science’ to the decisions and actions we take in our own lives? So often, we just automatically run the script, reverting back to old excuses and tropes.

Conduct a thorough analysis of yourself, your decisions. Look at all the evidence. Test a hypothesis – and keep moving forward.

Applying the scientific method to our own lives is one of the best ways to bring direction and meaning to our choices.

Otherwise, we’re just blundering around in chaos.

5 Comments

  1. Hey Joe,

    Wow, what a wonderfully written summary of the scientific method, thank you! This worked as a good reminder for me, as I try to apply the scientific method and thinking in my life every day.

    What would you think about further defining the key words such as empiricism, enlightenment and science? I think it would make the post even better and it would improve the understanding what science and enlightenment is really about!

    Ending is wonderful and there is the topics of elaboration or for other future blogs. Questions such as role of people and in this case the scientists in this chaos and why it is so important.I would also be very interested in reading and writing about examples of good and bad science, what kind of impact those behavior have to life.

    One more feedback that I observed in my reading behavior that could be beneficial for you to know as well: I think the topic could match a little bit better with the content. I was almost mislead by the title. This time I made only the decision to click open and read when I saw that it was you who wrote about this topic, so this was based more on the author rather than the title. This might be a problem for newer readers, so my suggestion would be to connect the topic a bit more with content for example: Becoming Enlightened Through Scientific Method or Reaching Personal Enlightenment Through Scientific Thinking.

    Keep on writing: your blogs are joy to read because they spark so many interesting thoughts!

    Best regards,

    Janne

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    1. Janne, thanks for your kind words. But what I appreciate more is the constructive criticism. I’m often torn between titles: after reading Ogilvy’s ‘On Advertising’, I understand how important your label of your work is. However, I often trust experience and go with my gut. I’ll certainly make more of an effort in the future to align the subject matter to the title. I guess I was making the presumption that too many people would have heard of the Enlightenment. Again, thanks – and keep reading! Still got about 20 days to go in the ‘100 days of writing’ challenge.

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  2. Yes self analysis and self (ego) understanding are important. But can I put in a word for the intuition, which is more likely to happen when the ego gets out of the way. Imaginative leaps come through the same portal. Like the new leaps in science itself.

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    1. Agreed Barry, completely. In fact, the power of the gut is vital, and intuition is usually right. The hard headed, cold, factual stuff is useful sometimes though, to make sure you’re pointed in the right direction, and to check your gut isn’t leading you astray.

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