Scratching the Surface
16 July, 2012 § 2 Comments
“In my mind the greatest hubris of humanity is to think that we have discovered all that there is to know about everything able to be known.” –The Last…Frontier
(continued thought) We, the laymen, in an effort to better understand the world around us, have relegated the exploration of what we do not understand to professional scientists, resulting in the glory of the discoverer instead of what has been discovered. My theory is that this significantly reduces the number of subjects studied based on the subject’s perceived value
to their own reputations *ahem* to the wealth of the knowledge of society. We rely on our scientist priests to bring the holy down to the lowly when in reality we have full access to the world around us to poke and to prod and to doc at our leisure, but what once was a ho-hum hobby has become someone else’s lucrative livelihood and thus untouchable to those outside of the world of the scientific professional. Or at best, the hobbiest’s findings are “inconclusive,” which to a real scientist means, “I have only scratched the surface”.