Scientific Exploration

History buffs have their special interests for one era or another, but for the most part, any look into the past of any period will entail a glance at the marvels of scientific innovation. Inventions have been around since the cave men learned to first make fire and paint images of animals on earthen walls. It has progressed steadily over the course of thousands of years, giving science a major role in establishing civilization. There would be no culture without it. It doesn’t matter if you are dealing with clipper ships on the high seas, the modern skyscraper, or a moon landing: science has been the road to reason. It has been the goal of man to evolve given the gifts of the fermenting mind.

Men and women everywhere have always been challenged by the nature of reality and material existence: what, why, when, and how. They want to know of what the world is made and how people can function better. They have even glanced at the great beyond. At the most mundane level, you have to cook, clean, and take care of yourself. Hence microwaves, electric razors, and even soap on a rope. On a more sophisticated level, they want to get to destinations fast and efficiently. Cars, trains, planes, and buses thus abound.

Science is ubiquitous and ever-present. It is unseen, yet the essence of life. No wonder we are always exploring, backpack mentally in hand, every nook and cranny of the universe. There is much left to discover. From the big picture or macrocosm, we get down into the depths of the microcosm with electronics and microchips. No stone is left unturned. Like a boy would reach into his school backpack of tricks and pull a new rabbit out of a hat. Loving science is to honor the best achievements of the past, present, and future.

Scientific exploration led Columbus to a new land. It helped the Aztecs fashion jewelry out of gold. It gave the ancient Egyptians a way to master death and the Romans their many roads and aqueducts. Science is at the root of human physiology and modern medicine; it has enabled man to fly. What would we do without the spinning wheel, the cotton gin, the steam engine, and the columbine. Moving forward, we saw the emergence of a microscopic entrée into a tiny world and a huge burst of energy from the atom bomb. We have embraced the good and eschewed the bad, all the while continuing the search for answers.

Who envisioned the brave new world of the Internet a century ago? Science was rooted in space flight and extraterrestrial perception. The world turned inward with Freud and outward with NASA. Major paradigm shifts have occurred embracing all kinds of new dimensions—all thanks to science. We have improved man’s lot in practical, spiritual, and ethical ways. Ideas are the rich expression of rational thought.

We know we can count on science to guide our every move. This doesn’t have to be inconsistent to the master creator, God, who is allowed to reign supreme. Science accounts for all principles seen and unseen, waiting to be discovered. It has given us the cinema, the radio, and the computer. It has imparted ways to survive in hot or cold climes. It has formed the core of our being and the roof of all thought. With science, we are safe from adversity and protected from the unknown.

Those who practice in any scientific endeavor sometimes take the philosophical perspective for granted. They have a job to do and a goal to fulfill. They use a particular method to reach explanations and solve problems. They are thrilled when their objectives are validated. Leave it to the deep thinkers to ponder the why. We explore simply because we must. We want another way to fabricate structures, to run cars with a new kind of fuel. We value updates and upgrades to everything from a shower head to a light bulb, and we have seen it all happen.

We have engineered food and solar energy. We have time-release drugs and laser surgery. Let’s not forget irrigation, weaponry, cosmetics, and more. There is nothing untouched by science. It is therefore easy to sing a paean to this ubiquitous concept that dominates the world. Perhaps among many, it is one of the most noble of the callings. Its insights and innovations are there to advise, guide, and otherwise rule human life. It is time to step back a brief moment and give science its due.