Fishing and Science – an Analogy

Last week I was travelling by bus and when I had to wait at the bus station, two little boys were also waiting for the bus to arrive. Apparently  those boys had bought fishing gear and with the most proud faces I have seen, they looked at the stuff they bought and demonstrated to each other their possessions.

They were talking and really enjoying their things that they bought. When the bus arrived, they took the same bus as me, and because I was seated behind them, I could overhear their conversation about fishing and how marvelous it would be to get out on Saturday and trying to catch the biggest fish they had ever seen. They just were content with what they had bought and about what they were going to do.

Those boys marveled at the little things that life brings us. As adults, we are often more consumed with ‘bigger’ things in life. At least, that is what we do think. But the real question here is whether the biggest thing in the life of those boys is the same thing that we would aspire.

They were amazed and intrigued by simple things that happen around us. The boys were in a sense, representative of what a real scientific attitude should like.

A real scientist should be curious about what is happening around us, and should put out his fishing gear in open water and wait until a fish is caught. Sometimes big fishes are caught, but remember that most fishes are little. But many little fishes make up a big fish.

The water is open, but you do not see the fish swim. You do not know which fish you will take up. It could be a negative fish, or a positive fish. Or if you would like that, a neutral fish. For a fisherman it would be very nice to see where the fish swim, then they can trow out their fishing rod and fish up a positive result. For a scientist it is important to trow out the fishing rod blind-sighted.

Scientists should not let their feelings and ideology interfere with the results. When developing a scientific creationist theory for biological similarity, creationists should not fish out only positive results. Or more importantly, when researching evolution they should not omit all confirming results or studies. That is not called science.

We should not let that happen.


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