During our lecture on Monday I began to think about who controls our perception of science? While the basic understandings of science are easy to understand, more complex ideals such as global warming, the big bang theory, and understandings of molecular biology are often topics too complicated for the public to understand. However, when talking about Francis Bacon I began to realize that common scientific theories are constantly changing. One of the greatest examples thats comes to mind is the major shift in thinking in regards to our universe. The greatest shift occurred when we as a society shifted from geocentric to a heliocentric universe. The ability to so easily change our understanding as something so extensive as our universe.
When looking at the history of science it becomes clear that our understanding is constantly changing. There are many reasons as to why our ideals change but new ideas often stem from new technologies and different forward thinking. However changes in knowledge may occur, knowledge alone does not change the history of science. The actual knowledge which an individual obtains is half of what changes our societies perceptions. The other necessary half is power or authority. When looking at scientists through out history, philosophers and scientists who have had major impacts on our society come from a place of wealth and education. However, who gets the final say when it comes to large decisions which alter our perceptions of science and our universe?
When looking back on my experience with science I have always accepted what I’ve been told in classrooms as the truth. Very rarely did I think of alternative solutions or that the facts I were being told were not facts at all but just theories. It was not until I started taking classes in Science, Technology, and Society that I began to question the authority through which I have always understood our universe. However, during the last lecture especially, I realized that our understanding of the universe and everything around us is incredibly fragile. When looking back on what is currently accepted as scientific theory, everything which we have accepted to be true has been built of a singular theory. However, whats to say that everything we know to be true has be built off a lie? In addition while there might be one acceptable approach or main stance towards the way in which our universe functions, there are plenty of people who might not agree with the conventional ideals. A current day controversy which has received a lot of publicity was when Kyrie Iwring, MBA player, came out and announced that he thinks the world is actually flat. While there is proof that the world is in fact not flat, he shows an example of an individual who stood up against an ideal which we as humans are told to believe is true. Iwring uprising against a given fact regarding our universe shows another example of how authority and power plays a large role in our society. Had Iwring not had the title of MBA player or mass publicity behind him, his ideals never would have caught on and few people would have heard about his alternative thinking.