Thursday, March 5, 2015

Why Science Is Important

I'm pretty sure I've said this on the blog before, but I'm not a big fan of kids. No offense, kids, I'm just not good at interacting with kids. But you know what I really love about kids? Their curiosity.

I wasn't the type of kid to question everything outwardly, but a lot of kids want to know everything about everything. And that's awesome. It can be annoying when you're the adult fielding all their seemingly stupid questions, but it's really important to be patient with kids' questions about the world around them. If you dismiss their questions with "because that's the way it is" all the time, they lose interest in what things are, how they work, and why things happen. And that's science.

Science is why we have medicine, and technology, and all sorts of other awesome things. If we don't have kids who are curious about the world, curious enough to explore it and try to figure out the answers to some of the bigger questions they have about it, we won't have progress.

People like Stephen Hawking and Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye work hard to share their love of science with non-scientists in an attempt to (1) groom new generations of scientists, and (2) foster a hobbyist's interest in science among non-scientists so that we recognize how important science is and appreciate it for how awesome it is.

So I hope you're excited to celebrate science with us this month!

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