Unformatted text preview: sometimes our observations might be deceptive. Concept illustrated with activity: Although we tend to think that science is based on facts (observations) and thus is objective, our “observations” are influenced by past experiences/knowledge, thus adding subjectivity to the way we perceive things. Scientific knowledge is the result of human activity and as a result is influenced by society’s belief systems. Recall that at some point it was believed that the earth was the center of the solar system and it was also believed the earth was not round. In biology it was once believed that “life” began from nothing; known as the theory of spontaneous generation. Thus, scientific knowledge changes as new tools allow us to better understand and explain natural phenomena. The telescope was a key instrument in the understanding of the universe and the microscope in the understanding of life processes....
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