Scientific living means acting in accord with the truths of science. When we adjust this ideal so that it is realistic giving our limitations, it becomes reasonable and helps us form a sturdy foundation for living the truth. Scientific living establishes facts with care as needed and seeks to discover causes, asking what factors are operating in this situation and what consequences can we anticipate if we seek this goal through this means. Scientific living seeks the truth of fact in terms of the relevant truths of science. Just asking what science is relevant to a particular fact can help a lot. A person who had just quit smoking classified the temptations as biological, psychological, or sociological. Just doing that much helped him succeed. Scientific living also goes on to learn more science relevant to our tasks. At its peak, scientific living acts with a big picture perspective of cosmic evolution. When well developed, this big picture promotes a positive attitude toward the cosmos, biological responsibility, psychological growth, and historical progress.
In his scientific research, Charles Darwin showed virtues that the rest of us can apply in daily life: hunger for truth; whole-souled identification with the real; problem solving that is alive, questioning, exploratory, and resourceful; keen perception; careful attention to fact; concentration; patience; accurate reasoning; courage; the habit of testing one’s ideas; methodical inquiry; openness to diverse views; freedom from prejudice; humility; and teamwork.
Here’s a link to my article on the concept of purpose in cosmology and biology.