What is science?
What is science?Definition of science from Amicus Curiae (Edwards vs Aguillard)"Science is devoted to formulating and testing naturalistic explanations for natural phenomena. It is a process for systematically collecting and recording data about the physical world, then categorizing and studying the collected data in an effort to infer the principles of nature that best explain the observed phenomena. Science is not equipped to evaluate supernatural explanations for our observations; without passing judgment on the truth or falsity of supernatural explanations, science leaves their consideration to the domain of religious faith. Because the scope of scientific inquiry is consciously limited to the search for naturalistic principles, science remains free of religious dogma and is thus an appropriate subject for public-school instruction."Note: this definition overlooks peer review, a critical aspect of science.
Science at Wikipedia (good stuff), Rosenhouse on what is science?
Understanding science, Univ of California - What is a scientist?
Presuppositions of science and religion - Harold K. Schilling
More about science, Features of science
License to wonder, Properties of science
Does science practice censorship, The scientific method
Cognitive barriers to scientific thinking, Personal construct psychology
A nice view gleaned from the internet:"Science is the tool through which we create and refine many other tools. What we do with our tools is decided by each craftsman."