Sometimes you might find a book brimming with good ideas, and this is one of them. There are 175 short essays by many of the world’s most famous scientists and thinkers. Each essay confronts an idea within the author’s field of expertise that they feel has outlived its usefulness and should be upgraded. This upgrading of old ideas is at the heart of science. This is in no way a condemnation of science as the world’s shortsighted people understand it, but reaching deeper into the discoveries of science and suggesting new paths and clarified ideas, so even further discoveries might be made real.
“This is how science usually works. When experiments challenge a prevailing idea, attention is paid. If the experiments are confirmed, the old idea is modified. In fields in which decisive experimentation is relatively easy, such change may happen quickly and is certainly not dependent on the death of its senior practitioners. Only in fields that don’t lend themselves to decisive experimentation is it hard to definitively challenge a prevailing position. In such fields, even death may not be enough, and tenuous positions may survive for generations.” p. 482, by Samuel Barondes – Science Advances by Funerals.
That quotation is a great starting point on what makes science so helpful in propelling us humans to a deeper understanding of our world. When we have a clearer understanding of what our universe consists of and how it operates it becomes possible for us to use it in more beneficial ways. This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress (Edge Question Series).
When we see our reality more clearly we react more appropriately.