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The Scientific Method, Not

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What is the energy industry and why does it exist?

What I’m defining as the energy industry are electric utilities and products. These were created by science, and it was born from an explosion in scientific knowledge that happened primarily from the 1700s to the present. Electric science and related technologies were developed in this period, by many individuals of science. 

But what is science? We are pretty sure that it is responsible for the explosion mentioned to the prior paragraph, and this has enriched all of our lives.

More specifically, what is the scientific method? I have heard this term used frequently in the past, but when I tried to find a reasonable definition, I came up empty so I stopped looking. Then I recently came across a really good book that explained everything.

This post is a brief review of that book.

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Matt Chester on Feb 11, 2021

I would suggest that the energy industry is not the fuel industry. Fuels have been with us since Homo sapiens evolved (if not before). In order to have fire, you need to have fuel. The earliest fuel was wood, then coal, then oil (and all of its derivatives), and natural gas (ditto).

Despite the feathers it may ruffle of those who are trying to rebrand oil production / exports as energy production / exports, I agree with you here!

And thanks for this post, always happy to have a new book to add to my reading list!

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Dr. Amal Khashab on Feb 12, 2021

 May I add few lines about Features of scientific thinking

- Scientific thinking is the kind of organized thinking that we can use in affairs of our daily life, or in the activity we exert while practicing our usual professional activities, or in our relationships with people in the world around us.

- This kind of thinking is what remains in our minds from the result of the hard work that Scientists had gone into, and they are still doing it, in order to gain knowledge and come up with facts about the things.

- It is required to be organized and based on a set of principles that we apply subconsciously at every moment.

- Scientific thinking has major features:

(A) Accumulative: science is cumulative knowledge, similar to a multi-stories building that is built one after another. With the main difference being that building residents always move to the higher and newer one, leaving the lower  to be only the basis for the building. 
(B) Relativism: Scientific fact does not stop developing.
(C) Organizing: by arranging ideas, following an approach based on a conscious plan.
(D) Interdependence: scientific thinking is not satisfied with disjointed facts, but rather strives to make his issues are neatly structured, and understanding. Each issue leads to an understanding of other issues.
(E) Search for the causes and justifications.
(F) Inclusiveness and certainty.
(G) Accuracy and intonation.

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John Benson on Feb 12, 2021

Thanks for the positive comments, Matt & Dr Khashab. 

I'm about half way through the subject book, and it continues to be interesting. Although it is completely focused on science, it also does a very good job of describing human nature, including our thirst for knowledge and understanding. 

-John

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