How do I learn more about science in general?

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by _mudsandwich_, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. _mudsandwich_ Registered Member

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    Ok, I'll admit that I am really ignorant and I'm pretty much playing catch-up when it comes to this stuff.

    Where should I start? Wikipedia? Do have any links or something?
     
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  3. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    what part of science were you referring to ?
    have you studied religion previously ? (christian theological studies)
     
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  5. _mudsandwich_ Registered Member

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    No I haven't studied religion before but I will if I have to, yeah?
     
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  7. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    what age did you leave school ?
    school science basic learning level etc
    12 years old 15 years old 18 years old
    etc etc
     
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  8. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Go to a decent book store and buy a hardcopy book about science.

    Make sure you find a store that has a dedicated "Science" section. Sometimes you can also find good books in the "Reference" section, and there are some good introductory books written specifically with children in mind.

    If you're quite new to this, the internet is just about guaranteed to be the worst place to start. You want to go to a source that has been vetted by a publisher and considered to be worthy of publication, just for starters. But you also want to make sure you get a "real" science book and not a book on pseudoscience by accident. A lot of generalist books with "Science" in the title (like "Encyclopedia of Science" or similar) will probably be okay. The pseudoscientists tend to focus on something very specific, usually.

    If you're looking at something specific - even on the internet - you can always ask us here whether it is likely to be a reliable source. There are quite a few people on this forum who know their science.
     
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  9. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    If you like watching videos etc., there are some good science communicators on youtube, but again there's also a ton of pseudoscience, so you need to be selective. A really good channel I'd recommend is "Veritasium".
     
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  10. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    seconded !
     
  11. _mudsandwich_ Registered Member

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    To be honest I didn't really pay much attention to science when I was in school. I dropped out when I was 16

    Now that I'm older I'm pretty much playing catch-up when it comes to this stuff
     
  12. _mudsandwich_ Registered Member

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    thanks

    I just subscribed to that channel right now
     
  13. Luchito Registered Senior Member

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    Start with school books, doing so you will learn the basics first. If you jump to sophisticated videos, you wont' learn anything but just being informed. The typical "knowing all" in these forums can mention lots of new scientific advances but can't answer questions challenging his knowledge, and the reason is because he just read science releases and watch science programs but never have put hands in a small experiment or understood the basics.

    If you jump to videos showing you the recent discoveries without knowing science, then you are just enjoying entertainment, and there is nothing wrong with that, just that you still don't know science.

    Science is an ordered method and learning it requires the same.
     
  14. Ansemthewise Registered Member

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    Find something that interests you or that your just really keen to learn, as long as you use discretion and try not to believe in absolute truths you should be alright.

    For example I was never really into science at school but I was always interested in space (stars, blackholes, dark matter etc.) so I watched a TV series called "Through the Wormhole 2010-2017" (highly recommend) IT'S HOSTED BY MORGAN FREEMAN!!! changed my perspective on everything, next thing ya know I'm studying quantum teleportation, N theory, Time-travel... man that was good show... I digress..

    Anyways my point is: find 1 thing you want to learn and that will open doorways towards new things to learn

    GOOD LUCK!

    OH AND REMBEMBER TO HAVE FUN WITH IT for REALITY TRULY IS STRANGER THAN FICTION

    xx
     
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