In an attempt to fulfill our insatiable curiosity, we humans use something known as the scientific method to help unravel ourselves, the world, and the universe. The information amassed by this method constitutes science and, expanding in scope and content over the last several centuries, it has risen above all other schools of thought to become humankind’s preeminent source of knowledge. Today, scientific principles allow us to send communications around our planet at the speed of light, as well as interpret the ancient light emitted by unfathomably distant stars.
Scientific theories have also led to discoveries that continue to improve the quality and duration of our lives via medical breakthroughs, technological advancements, and the debunking of dangerous myths. Despite this, many myths actually persist around science itself—perpetrated by those who ignore, fail to understand, and/or misrepresent the method’s purpose and guiding principles.
Among the most commonly misunderstood scientific theories are some of the most fundamental. For example, many dismiss the Big Bang theory because it doesn’t explain what came before it. This fallacy doesn’t just illustrate confusion around what the Big Bang attempts to describe, but points to the larger, troubling trend of science illiteracy in our culture.
One of the keys to better understanding science is to realize that it has no political agenda, no formal hierarchy, no dogmatic institution steering its plight. Instead, science is an emotionally agnostic, course-correcting, ever-expanding body of knowledge committed to the revelation of truth.
Below is a list of commonly misunderstood scientific concepts accompanied by explanations that will help disprove science myths and improve your overall science game.