Science, as we have seen, is of inseparable from the rest of human endeavor. Characteristics of scientific knowledge covers the study of plants and animals, health and disease, food and medicine and such complex problems as what life is, how the human mind functions, what the beginning and the end of the universe are etc.
Highlight the characteristics of Scientific Knowledge
Characteristics of Scientific knowledge is determined as:
> It is a dynamic, and an ongoing process. It is an ever growing enterprise which will never end. This is because, in science, there is no single ultimate truth to be achieved after which all the scientists can retire.
> A remarkable feature of scientific knowledge is that it is is never complete.
> Scientific knowledge is also not immutable because science is not static. It is going a step further, some of the most honoured scientists are those who try to alter, modify or replace existing theories. In this sense, science is a self – correcting enterprise, i.e., it is open to change.
> Science is not dogmatic. Science progresses by disproving. What would be considered highly undesirable in science is the unquestioned acceptance of things as they are.
> Scientific knowledge is objective. That is, scientific results are repeatable and verifiable by anyone anywhere if proper facilities are available.
> Science prefers hard facts to the dearest illusions of scientists. To be accepted, all new ideas must survive rigorous standards of evidence.
> Aristotelian ideas about the universe. Since hard facts are independent of the prejudices and preferences of individual scientists, and experiments or observations are essentially repeatable, objectively becomes an essential feature of scientific knowledge. Science based on experiences open only to a select few.