“Science” is one of those words with many meanings, some of which conflict with others. In a psychology course, once, I was told that psychology was a science and that the goals of psychology are “understanding, prediction, and control”.  The professor went on to explain that prediction provides proof of understanding: if we can perfectly predict something, then surely we must understand it.  And that control is the ultimate means of ensuring accurate prediction. This took an entire class hour to explain because I was a mere student in Psych 101.  At the time, I did not feel like I controlled anything, I liked prediction, and I loved the feeling of understanding.  So I thought maybe I should be a psychologist.  This was early…