What Does “Scientific” Mean?

I’m always hearing people use the word “Science” in ways that are not accurate. The social sciences, the esoteric sciences, science fiction etc. Clearly science education is not doing it’s job when so many people do not know what science.


I wanted to use this blog to clarify what the word “science” actually means as in “biotech and science”. For instance when you are exploring or searching for science technology news you don’t want information that is not based on solid science.


The word, “Science”, refers to a system of gathering knowledge (research) so specific, that one can correctly predict a reliable outcome consistently. It is through this definition that the outcomes of research form a scientific body of knowledge.


On the Wisdom path it is important to recognize the value of logical scientific thought while appreciating its limitations. Many respected thinkers and spiritual materialists use the term “science” loosely, especially in attempts to merge mysticism with quantum physics but these ideas are not in alignment with the classical definition of science. Let’s explore how the term “science” is often used.


  1. Natural Sciences.  These are organized categories of information that involve the study of the laws of the physical world.  Examples include physics, and chemistry.
  2. Formal Sciences.  Formal science uses words and terms with very specific definitions and combines them with deductive reasoning for creating a system by which some well-formed specific formulas, rules, and codes can be derived from others that are more general.  Within the category are mathematics, logic, statistics, and theoretical computer science.  The importance of this approach is that it sets a pattern for definition and frees us from the need to examine every computer to see how it works.
  3. Social Sciences.  The term “social science,” is an umbrella term for many different systems of organized knowledge and information.  The value here is that one can explore aspects of human society in ways that cannot be easily explained mathematically.  Among familiar social sciences are; anthropology, psychology, economics, and history.
  4. Pseudo-Science – Anything defined as scientific that does not match the specific definition of what science is.


Interestingly many of the formal sciences lack any real-world experimentation to support their conclusions. On the Wisdom Path, science becomes a tool for understanding and applying information. Science is not “truth.”  It is just a reliance on apparent physical evidence, rather than a reliance on faith, hearsay, or superstition.


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