Among the many definitions that can apply to the word “science”, I’ve heard this one: “finding explanations for what we see, that usually involve what we cannot see” — or, in other words, seeking to explain the world around us.

Science is and always has been a major part of my life. I may not be a scientist, but I am an engineer, and I generally consider myself scientifically literate. Science is important to me because the pursuit of truth is a fundamental aspect of my life.

One of my personal heroes and favourite people in the world is Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson. As a “science celebrity”, he adds a unique flavour of humour / light heartedness and perhaps a tinge of appropriate solemnity into the pursuit of science. He makes it real and applicable to us in our lives, he argues that without science (in particular: astrophysics and astronomy) we lose our vision and inspiration, and I tend to agree.

In my mind the pursuit of scientific knowledge is the rejection of ignorance, and the bravery, humility and curiosity to say “I don’t know” and then take it from there. We are innately curious and science gives us a platform to move forward as a race.

This section of my blog is dedicated to the pursuit of science. Although I will certainly not be running any particular experiments of my own, I will be joining my voice to the ongoing discussion and education of the world in the realm of science. It is important, and it is a part of who we are.

If you are interested in science, or feel the compelling need to know how things work; feel free to join me in this discussion!

Shawn Powrie

Recent articles I’ve written about science are shown below:

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