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Section 1: What is Science?

History From the Beginning

First Steps in Science:
ObservingComparing, Contrasting, Classifying and Naming.

"Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name." (Genesis 2:19)

It is clear that Adam had been created with high intelligence and a spoken language, so that he could receive instruction from God and speak with Him. In order to name the animals in a sensible way Adam had first to observe them. He no doubt noted their similarities (comparison) and their differences (contrast). Then he could arrange them into groups of similar types and give them names which to some degree indicated their characteristics and their similarities and differences. These, then, are the rudimentary steps in science--observing, comparing, contrasting, classifying and naming. So Adam laid the foundations for science there in the Garden of Eden.

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