Scientists and academics have been arguing over the meaning of the word ‘scientific’.
But when the word is applied to the field, the stakes are high.
In a recent interview with the BBC, British Columbia-based writer and historian Dr Jody O’Leary spoke to the BBC about the implications of the scientific revolution.
Dr O’Connor is an award-winning novelist and editor.
She has written many books, including a collection of poetry called The Senses of a Writer.
In this interview, she talks about why she believes that science and its applications are part of a much wider cultural project that has shaped the way we think and communicate, and why she wants to use the word to describe this cultural project.
Dr O’Lennie spoke to BBC News about her feelings about the word scientific and why it has become an umbrella term for all things scientific.
Dr Jody, how do you think the word comes to be used in the world?
When did you first encounter it?
How did it become so ubiquitous in the public mind?
I was born in the 1950s, so my first memory is of my mother saying, ‘Look at the word, you’re a scientist now’.
But I don’t think she was the first person to describe the word.
I think people use it to describe different things and different things are used in different ways, so it’s not like the word was created for one thing.
It was developed and used by people all around the world.
But I think that in the 20th century, people started to realise that it could be used to describe a wide range of things, so that it became more common in the 21st century.
You know, ‘the science is a good thing, science is good’ or ‘scientists are just brilliant people’.
It’s a term that was very much used to refer to different disciplines and people.
When you think about how much of science we use, the word seems to have become synonymous with that.
So, I think it was the 20-plus years of scientific progress that has changed the meaning a bit.
What about in the last couple of decades?
Is it changing its meaning?
How do you interpret this?
The word ‘science’ has changed a lot over time.
What I mean by that is that we’re now using it to refer in a broader sense to the whole of society.
What we think of as science is really just one part of the whole.
So when you talk about science, you are referring to a broader range of science that is not just the field of science.
What’s really interesting about the term is that it has been used for so many different things.
There’s the field that is psychology, which is about the human mind and how we interact with the world around us.
There are other areas of science like astrophysics and physics, and so on.
There were a number of different areas of medicine, and there are some disciplines that are purely biological.
But the point is that the word science has been very broadly used in a broad way to refer not just to what is science, but also to a wider range of different things that we use and that are involved in science.
How do the scientists feel about this?
Do they agree or disagree?
Are they happy or sad that they are part and parcel of this cultural phenomenon?
I think there is some sort of a split within the field.
Some of the scientists I’ve talked to, they would probably like to see it become more widely understood, but there’s a minority of scientists who would like it to be a kind of taboo.
So I think they tend to see the word as a kind, albeit an extremely important, part of their cultural project, and I think a lot of scientists do.
I don’ see any particular reason why it should be restricted to science.
But there are other groups who are very keen to see this word be more widely used in their field.
Are you concerned that the term has become so widely used, because it means something to so many people, and because it is so widely associated with a specific field?
I don”t see any reason why the word should be stigmatised.
I know it has a lot to do with the word itself, but I”ve never had any issue with it being used in this way, or the way that it’s been used.
And if I can be frank, I”m not sure that I”ll be able to get over it.
What do you want people to take away from your interview?
I hope that people will take it to heart that there is a wide spectrum of people involved in the field and the range of activities that it can be associated with.
I hope they will appreciate that we all have different levels of skill in various areas, and that there”s an open field where you can be an artist, an engineer, an economist,