Why You DON’T “Fucking Love Science”

So you think you love science, do you?  

What does that mean to you, exactly?  

For most people, I’m guessing it means something like this:

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Or perhaps something like this:

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That’s not what science is, though.  That’s data, and like countless “Principal Investigators” of the science world (the professors who are named on research grants), you’re confusing data with science.  This is what science is:

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Science is people.  It’s a collective human endeavor, where people make theories, test them based on observation, and then refine the theory when the tests disagree with it.  Data, seen in the beautiful pictures before, is just a side object that confirms the process is working.  Science is the process and the people.  Data is the residue. [Continued on Mashable]

Well, folks, I’m happy to announce that this article just got bought by Mashable, which means I have to redirect you over there to finish it.  Sorry for the inconvenience!

UPDATE: I’ve also written a followup post.

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