I really shouldn't have punked off the week of the election. Argh. Ah, well, we're closing in, and as long as I live off of frozen dinners and energy drinks, we'll get there.
Have a snippet from ye olde chapter on science:
A SCIENCE PRIMERNo, but it's fucking hard to explain them. Argh argh argh. But I think it's coming together all right - you'll be the judges of that when the thing's complete and you can get your very own draft copy to rip to shreds.
There are lots of groups out there now who are attempting to prove that the Bible is scientifically accurate. You may have run across some of them: The Discovery Institute and Answers in Genesis are the two that come immediately to my mind. They claim to be doing science, they have people with "Dr." in front of their names working for them, and they publish "scientific" papers, but what they do isn't science. That's why if you cite them as authorites, atheists will scoff.
Here's a good rule of thumb to remember: just because someone's calling themselves a scientist and using sciency-sounding words doesn't mean they're actually doing science. A lot of us get snookered because we don't really know what science is, we just know we're supposed to be impressed by it. That's why companies get away with selling "ionized" water as a super-strong cleaning solution. So this chapter really serves two purposes: it will help you avoid the common misunderstandings between believers and atheists when science comes up, and you'll be able to debunk late-night infomercials for fun and profit.
Let me give you a crash course in what science is. We'll start with a definition, and what could be more appropriate for a simple course than to take that definition from ScienceMadeSimple.com:The word science comes from the Latin "scientia," meaning knowledge...That's how simple science is. Of course, it's a little more complicated in the execution, but it's not really hard to grasp the basics.
Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena. The term science also refers to the organized body of knowledge people have gained using that system.
I'm in the no-sleep stage of NaNo. It's only going to get worse as the week goes on, alas. So if I start to speak in incoherent sentences, please don't think my brain's done a Bush - it's just the sleep deprivation, and things'll improve once December 1st rolls round.