The Scientific Method & Creativity
How Could the Scientific Method Ever be Dangerous?
There are inherent dangers in the unqualified use of "The Scientific Method."
First, we make it a memorized sequence somewhere during Middle School, thus creating an academic perception, sending it into the intellectual abyss of many other formalized educational topics.
Second, it contains the word scientific, giving us the perception that it is to be used only in the world of learning we call science.
Another potential negative is that we mistakenly assume all things called science actually and accurately align with the process outlined by this method of thinking and doing. If you doubt that syndrome, try aligning the theory of evolution with the Scientific Method... oh, and creation, too.
Conversely, this label often gives the impression that the system of getting stuff done is restricted to the realm of science. Why do we restrict its use to science when all sorts of problems can be addressed by observing, hypothesizing, testing, thinking, etc.?
The Danger of Educational Hypnosis
The real point of this mini-rant isn't about the Scientific Method. I often wonder if we have become so tuned in to textbook learning that we are hypnotized by apathy and controlled by compliance. We forget that life is organic, always changing yet retaining important constants.
We live in an intellectual society in which it's acceptable to conform yet risky to act creatively. We regurgitate answers sufficient to "get the grade," but seldom confront the party line. Political correctness governs much of our person-to-person conversation and we feel safe. We conform because we can't question diversity of opinion.
Life doesn't unfold in a linear fashion. Some degree of chaos always resides within us, no matter what our resume says. Dare we choose to to act creatively? Dare we risk being wrong so sometimes we are amazingly right? Have we stifled creativity for the sake of literacy?