The Scientific method is a series of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. It consists of systematic observations, measurements, and experiments, and is used by scientists to establish cause-and-effect relationships in nature. An example of this could be to carefully analyze the movement of a particle or an object, while being pulled down by gravitational forces. It would also be the study and establishment of a cause-and-effect relationship of this same object while being on an elastic system in a steady state, and then being suddenly disturbed by another object of significantly higher mass. If this is true, my son who has Autism is a very passionate scientist.
He likes to get his hands full with raw rice or any other small particle that he can throw into the air and look at it while it falls down. He also likes to put them in the trampoline and watch how they are disturbed by his jumping. It is really interesting how he places them in a particular place before starting to jump, and then how he seems to be analyzing their movement while he changes his jumping pattern. When I’m with him in our backyard, I look amazed at how he seems to be analyzing each grain as if it were moving in slow motion, and apparently this is exactly what he is doing. The ability to perform this is mentioned by Temple Grandin, PH.D. in her book “The Way I See It”, where she explains how she’s able to focus on each grain individually.
By definition, passionate is defined as “compelled by, or ruled by intense emotion or strong feeling about something”, and when it comes to careful observation and repetition, my son can be very passionate about it. “Why is this object moving up and down without being touched?”, “Why its behavior changes as my jumping pattern changes?” These are questions that I think he may be formulating to himself and then trying to answer. I don’t know for sure and I don’t fully understand what his analysis are all about, but it seems to me that my son is using the Scientific Method.
Modern science has completely transformed the manner of our living due to its application in the form of technology. The progress in agriculture, medicine, telecommunications, transportation, and computerization, are part of our daily living and are things we take for granted. But have we ever stopped and thought how these things were discovered and even imagined in the first place? Perhaps due to minds like my son’s, with the capacity to deeply study and analyze the simplest things in our world, is that the most complex theories and laws of physics that makes our life easier were discovered.