By Sanford (Sandy) Morganstein
February is an especially good time to think of the scientific method and its deep connection to truth. It’s also a good time to think about the relationship of science to the citizen’s role in emphasizing truth.
Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. Galileo Galilei was also born in February (February 15, 1564). Whether or not you like the over-simplification of tagging Galileo as the “father of the scientific method,” you still might appreciate the view that Darwin is the intellectual godson of Galileo. Both Darwin and Galileo upset deeply held established views on the nature of, well, nature! Both suffered as a result…but, importantly, to differing degrees.