“Science is why I’m alive”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

"Science is why I'm alive. I’m not going to embrace its results — the messy, uncertain, unpredictable, loaded-with-false-starts, “try a hundred things with no idea if any will pan out” scientific process — and then piss all over it because it isn’t perfect."

“Science is why I’m alive. I’m not going to embrace its results — the messy, uncertain, unpredictable, loaded-with-false-starts, “try a hundred things with no idea if any will pan out” scientific process — and then piss all over it because it isn’t perfect.”
-Greta Christina, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
(from Chapter 24, “My Body is the Knife: The Reality of Medical Uncertainty”)

(Image description: above text, juxtaposed next to image of hand in latex or nitrile glove dispensing powdered medicine from a bottle.)

I’m making a series of memes/ inspirational poster thingies with my favorite quotes from my new book, The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life. Please feel free to share this on social media, or print it and hang it on your wall if you like. (The image above is pretty big: you can click on it to get a bigger size if you like.)

Way of the Heathen cover
The Way of the Heathen is available in ebook on Amazon/Kindle and on Smashwords for $7.99. The audiobook is at Audible. The print edition is at Amazon and Powell’s Books, and can be ordered or carried by pretty much any bookstore: it’s being wholesaled by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, IPG, and bookstores can buy it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing. Check it out, and tell your friends!

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One thought on ““Science is why I’m alive”: Meme from The Way of the Heathen

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    “try a hundred things with no idea if any will pan out” scientific process

    Trying a hundred “things” is not science. Also starting with an idea is not science. All science begins with an observation in the natural universe, then proceeds with a guess. The guess must not be based on some hidden agenda or social bias, but simply the possible cause. The guess must be relevant and testable. To simply say “try a hundred things” sounds like a random process. Science is not a random process. As Bronowski puts it in his Knowledge or Certainty, ”Science is the best way to knowledge although we are fallible.” Finally in science we must always say we may be in error.

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