A) Scientists apply their scientific method, which allows them to learn the Truth.B) Science is simply so fascinating that almost everyone can’t wait to see what will be discovered next.C) Science is so boring that almost everyone uses public-broadcasting science programming as a sleep aid, and government funding is needed to insure a steady supply of boredom.D) Science has helped make our lives healthier, wealthier, easier, safer, etc., and people hope that more funding of more science will provide even more health, wealth, ease, safety, etc.E) Scientists are so breath-takingly sexy that most people are drawn through sheer carnal lust to support the scientific enterprise.Feedback: Without science and technology, the great majority of us would be dead, so we tend to be supporters of science. Although we know that science works, we’re never sure that it is completely right.Students so often discover things that professors missed, or that professors got wrong, that scientists would be silly to claim Truth. Comparing the TV ratings of the latest hit to the ratings of the latest scienceprogram on public broadcasting shows that many Americans are not fascinated by science, but the science-show ratings are above zero, so some people are fascinated by science. And hope as we might, it is unfortunately clear that not every scientist is sexy (just most of them are…).Points Earned: 1.0/1.0 Correct Answer(s): D 2. What is an accurate description of the job of a scientist?A) The scientist Invents new ideas, and then goes on to prove that some of those ideas are True.B) The scientist invents new ideas, and goes on to show that some of those ideas are false.C) The scientist learns the Truth through careful application of the scientific method. D) The scientist does only things that require high-tech equipment.
E) The scientist does only things that show how sexy being a scientist really is, causing down-trodden non-scientists to lose control of themselves with carnal lust for the scientist.Feedback: Much of the fun in science is coming up with great new ideas (hypotheses, if you like fancy words). But for your new idea to “win”, you have to show that it does better than old ideas, so you have to prove those old ideas false (or incomplete, or not-quite-right, or whatever “nice” word you might prefer). The scientific method is a powerful way for humans to learn to do things, and learn what does and doesn’t work, but the results of science are always open to improvement, so are not claimed to be Truth, and probably are not Truth. Some scientists still use pencils and look at things, and there are probably a few non-sexy scientists around somewhere.Points Earned: 1.0/1.0 Correct Answer(s): B