Social media, iPhones, clothing, technology, light, heat/AC, travel & transportation, clean air/water, food/cooking, education, sporting, health screenings, medical prevention and treatments—we both use and are very thankful for these very things that allow us to live healthier, more: convenient, educated, entertained, connected, comfortable lives, every day.
It starts with a simple observation or idea. Theory and published empirical evidence is examined thoroughly. Hypotheses about the possible outcome(s) are carefully crafted based on all available evidence. Data is collected. Experiments [research, tests] are performed and hypotheses are put to the test.
This process may seem straightforward, but it takes a lot of hard work, patience, dedication, training, meticulous scrutiny, theorizing and conceptualizing models, constructing measures and collecting data, testing/retesting, applying for grants, working with collaborators (more minds are better than one), writing scientific publishable papers & then having them go through the lengthy peer review process, results often retested by other scientists using the same or different data [results verified or contested]—and one study often takes many (frustrating) years, but most experiments better our health and lives by their contribution to a collective objective [evidence-based] knowledge we as humans share—to better our lives and our world.
This is not a conspiracy— this methodology or a variation of such has stood strong through the beginning of time. Why is this [now] being contested in 2017?
This is how we advance, move forward.
We do it every day in our own lives. My “scientific method of cooking” for example: Plan A burnt the toast. Plan B only partly burnt the toast. OK let’s keep the B mechanism, nix A for lack of results, and conceptualize a better plan C that we can test that tomorrow (which may be convincing my husband we need a new toaster). Joking aside, this is efficiency (also known as science) and how we are able to manage our modern-day lives. This is why we work jobs in varying fields—and we can rely on a large food manufacturing and farming system that provides local stores with groceries rather than belonging to a hunter/gathering society.
Science may not be simple, but it shouldn’t be scary.
Just because one doesn’t like/agree subjectively with a certain outcome or conclusion that science produces does not make it any less a tested “truth.” Trust me, sometimes I’d like to believe Reviewer #2 reading my double-blinded peer-review process paper is my toddler’s alter personality just trying to upset me with “but you should really add this, test this as well etc.”—but he/she is not. That scientist is trying to make my own science better, stronger, which only helps us all. As science is always trying to help us all. Maybe if we viewed it in this light—it wouldn’t seem so scary.
The world is constantly changing, and yes science sometimes accelerates the rate things are evolving at, possibly catapulting us out of our own comfort zones, but this will not change because you or I don’t want to believe it.
Our world, our environment, our bodies, our health, our lives, are the only ones we were given—let’s treat them with more love & honesty.
I’m not marching, but I’ll be fully there in spirit with every ounce of me.
**Post-note for non-science, but interested folks: if you ever have any questions about this scientific process, my ears are always open. I may not know “environmental” specific science at all, but I’d be happy to answer general questions about the scientific process to help demystify what can be very confusing (even for those of us in it).