Author Topic: The problem of Science.  (Read 1248 times)

librarian

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The problem of Science.
« on: September 24, 2009, 01:08:12 pm »
To misquote Thatcher 'There is no such thing as science'. In that there is not som eentity that is science which goes around pontificating and passing judgement on all and sundry. Science is not an alternative God.

Science is a philosophical process, a way of examining the world and providing a framework in which we can expand our knowledge and understanding of the world. It does not 'prove' anything, but provides a methodology by which evidence and proofs can be assessed.

Science does not magically provide all the answers, in fact it cannot provide all the answers. It has no message, no mens rea, no purpose (in a quite constrained and specific sense of the word). It just is. It doesn't say anything, but provides a means by which we can draw conclusions. There is as much faith involved in the use and application of science as there is in the religions of the UK (OK, having been to many churches, probably more).

The problem of science is that people misunderstand what it is. They mistake conclusions for process without realising that the message is independent of the means, but far from independent of the messenger. They mistake technology for understanding.

Science isn't the problem. Lack of understanding of science may well be.