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II. The Context Within Which Science Exists
All possible human endeavors include such things as art, war, fishing or love.

We choose one of those activities. We choose the human activities which can be labeled the search for an answer to the question “why?”

Many things pique our interest. We want to know why butterflies change, why the sun rises, why we live, why we have war, or why we love. Some people want to indulge their curiosity and discover exactly why these things are the way they are or how they can be changed to better mankind.

It's not appropriate to stop with answers which are lies, or which may or may not be the truth. We want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If the answer is only a guess, we want to know that it's only a guess.

In the last chapter we logically developed the case for why science is nothing less than the name for the production of what are generally considered "satisfactory" or "acceptable" answers.

It would be helpful at this point to recall the extended definition of science presented in Chapter 1, so that we can see that science is the name for the production of satisfactory answers.

To further elaborate the point that science produces satisfactory answers, we also recall the process which produces that product by documenting science's definition.

Finally, to even further elaborate science, we preview (Chapter 3) the "problem" to which science addresses itself by considering the meaning of the term knowledge.

Science is the human endeavor which asks why things are the way they are, and which answers that question with a valid integrated answer. Science best answers "why" and therefore best answers how to fix what's wrong and how to make things ideal. People who have wanted to understand and who demanded the truth have given us humanity and the freedom to enjoy it.

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