Why Study Science?
You will rarely be successful at anything without having a driving desire towards that goal. You won't learn much science if someone is making you do it! So if YOU don't have a good reason to be studying science, the first priority needs to be finding
What is in it for ME?
Everyone has to find their own motivation. The author can't tell you the right answer. Different people are motivated for different reasons. But we can share what motivated others, and perhaps that will help you find your motivation.
- The author's mother died after a long, painful battle with cancer that in the end enveloped her nervous system. The author realized that if others were to be spared such agony, only an understanding of the biology and chemistry of cancer had any hope of eventually finding a cure or a prevention. But he gradually came to believe that teaching others science would provide benefits to both those individuals, and because of their understanding, likely make the entire world a better place!
- But there are others who just like science because it is one of the most fun things an intelligent person can do!
- When you understand things, they become more interesting. And the goal of science is to understand everything.
- Science often involves an attitude and a set of mental skills that provides a powerful way to understand and potentially improve things. Virtually all of the benefits of modern society from longer lives, more variety in our lives, to less misery, have all occurred because of science and its practical cousin, technology. Each person who learns science is empowered.
- One of the author's mentors, Jay Young, wrote a lab manual titled Practice in Thinking. Science does develop one's thinking skills by providing the practice.
This may take you some time. Sit down somewhere quiet, take a long walk, or whatever works for you. Formulate why YOU want to learn science.