Friday, February 29, 2008

The Six Senses in Science Class

Science is another subject, along with math, that I was completely convinced had no right-brain qualities at all. Once I read AWNM, my mind was opened, however. Design is highly prevalent, primarily in the design of experiments. Experiments must be extremely well-designed in order to run smoothly and gather optimal results. If not carefully planned out, they could herald faulty results, or, even worse, end in disaster. This is yet another example that material objects are not the only things which must be designed. There is also story in science. Some branches of science deal with the study of how the Earth formed, and from there, how life formed and the specifics of this, such as atoms, ecosystems, environmental studies, and so on. Science basically attempts to answer the question of how the Earth formed and studies various aspects of life on Earth. In this way it reveals the story of the Earth and everything on it. This is a rather monumental story!
Science is, in essence, a symphony because all of the individual branches of science come together in some way. Study of atoms and molecules leads to chemistry. Studies of ecosystems and environmental issues mesh together. As students progress, science builds upon itself, and one must have prior knowledge in order to understand and comprehend what is being taught. All ideas in science intertwine to create a scientific symphony!
Empathy and play can aid the study of science, because science can sometimes be difficult because of the many concepts one must grasp. If students have empathy for each other and help each other, yet at the same time have fun with what they are learning, the process becomes painless.
Because science attempts to pinpoint how Earth formed, it has great meaning. Humans want to know how our planet formed, and from this, how we got here. Because science tries to answer this and a great many people listen to these answers, science holds meaning for them.
Science is yet another subject that is left-brained, but with right-brain aptitudes mixed in. And if I had never read AWNM, my eyes never would have been opened to see this.

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