I am a PPEL and Leadership Studies double major…It was my goal to stay far, far away from Gottwald during my entire time at Richmond. I unfortunately wont be able to have my way, as I have to take a science class during my senior year, but I digress. Going off that, when I saw the readings were on the scientific method, I did cringe a bit and was hesitant to start. I will admit that I have not given the scientific method enough credit in the past. What I realized quickly when doing the readings was that I actually use the scientific method…or some form or combination of it, everyday. Whether it’s problem solving in one of my leadership positions, or even handling relationships and some semblance of humanity in our apartment, this process of testing and questioning and discovering is something I experience daily.
I think that in the past I was intimidated by the language used to describe a method that now, when I really read about it with an open mind, is rather mundane. I guess, now that I think about it, I do this all the time when I’m cooking. I think I could make a case that building flavors in a sauce or any food I’m making works in a similar way. You decide what you want to make, conceptualize a flavor, make a plan for building that flavor, begin creating a dish, taste, review, edit, and repeat until it’s right. Any issues or deficiencies you think may exist you adapt for and continue to do so until it is just right. Add a little of this, a little of that, (it’s usually simple salt and pepper that can do the trick and make it just right). I just found it interesting to make this connection to something I am so passionate about and another thing (“science”) which I am rather intimidated by. In the future, I’m going to laugh at myself when I realize I’m using some form of the scientific method in the kitchen.