I’m reading another text that is positing once again that science isn’t enough. Science doesn’t provide meaning. We need something else for that.
We need philosophy. We need religion. We need spirituality.
But is that the case? Does science have a limit as to what it can give us? Is science a part time paradigm?
Whenever you think of science, what do you think of? Bunsen burners and beakers? Calculators and pocket protectors?
Science is actually more specific than that. While it is about experiments and calculations, that isn’t the whole of it. That whole specificity allows for mass utility.
Science is really about a way of asking questions…and arriving at answers. The only thing that science cannot answer are questions that cannot be answered. And questions that cannot be answered occupy a very small part of our lives.
We’re all practical scientists whether we think of ourselves that way, or not. We do something (an experiment) because we think it’s the right thing to do (hypothesis). If it works out (observation), we continue doing that thing (including philosophy, religion, etc.)…after all, we believe it works (theory).
We’re good at personal, or anecdotal science. It’s when we get into the more rigorous and general empirical science that science loses it appeal. But anything that is impersonal loses its appeal. It’s happened with religion and philosophy.
What if we simply needed a more “personal” relationship with science? What if we became conscious of being scientists? Would science then be enough?
As practical scientists, we’re treating everything as an experiment…including philosophies and religions. We can anecdotally determine what works and doesn’t work…at least for us. And for each experiment we run, we’re reminded of one thing over and over again.
A part of the science is to run experiments based on prediction. I think this will happen. I’ll test it and see what does happen.
Sometimes we’re right, sometimes we’re not. But our errors aren’t isolated to hypotheses. We make errors in observations, in calculating data, and building theories.
For all our science, we are an erroneous people. And those errors occur in all human advents including science, religion, and philosophy…because humans are involved in all of them. This (scientific) observation should bring about two qualities in us: humility….and more science. Beware of those in whom it doesn’t.