Tnpsc: Scientific Knowledge and Scientific Temper

Scientific temper, this word was used by Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1946.

It is also mentioned in the Indian constitution, Article 51A.

As per Article 51A, “To develop scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform” is one of the fundamental duties of the people of India.

The Scientific is a way of life that uses the scientific method and which may consequently include questioning, observing physical reality, testing, hypothesizing, analyzing, and communicating.

The idea of the scientific temper is expressed earlier by Charles Darwin when he said, “Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds, which follows from the advance of science”. Check Charles Darwin’s book on The Descent Of Man to know more.

Karl Marx said religion is the reason for the people’s problem and he wised religion should be abolished. Karl Marx said that “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”

“[What is needed] is the scientific approach, the adventurous and yet critical temper of science, the search for truth and new knowledge, the refusal to accept anything without testing and trial, the capacity to change previous conclusions in the face of new evidence, the reliance on observed fact and not on pre-conceived theory, the hard discipline of the mind—all this is necessary, not merely for the application of science but for life itself and the solution of its many problems.” —Jawaharlal Nehru (1946) in the book The Discovery of India.

Advantages of Scientific Temper

Scientific temper helps us to deal with our life in a systematic way and helps us to have a sense of happenings around us. It helps us have rational thoughts which is the most necessary thing in this present world.

It gives us the courage and freedom to question the authorities about any issues regarding the public interest. Scientific temper to make life decisions, particularly to age-old customs that stop us to move further on the positive side.

It helps us to not get affected by social and cultural beliefs which stops us to love our fellow humans.

Inculcation of scientific temper

Encourage the children, students to ask a question on almost every topic and help them understand which is right, and give them rational, scientific, and secular thoughts.

Question every single social, religious, scientific, rational thought and make the student, children develop critical thinking skills on well-established ideals. Teach children and students, Science which is the principle behind everything around us.

Spread Science among all the people using various media such Print, Television, Games, Apps, etc.

The Scientific Method

The scientific method is a bit-by-bit procedure in examining the natural phenomenon and building laws that involve these phenomena.

It involves the following methods:

  • Well-organised observation
  • Controlled Research
  • Qualitative Thinking
  • Quantitative thinking
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Prediction and verification of falsification of theories

References

  1. Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru
  2. Das Capital by Karl Marx
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* * All the Notes in this blog, are referred from Tamil Nadu State Board Books and Samacheer Kalvi Books. Kindly check with the original Tamil Nadu state board books and Ncert Books.
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