General Science / Re: Is science a religion.........well if not why is it defended as though it were« on: 26/09/2021 14:31:38 »
And what made your god?
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Only when We Admit We do Not know a thing...does the Opportunity for Seeking arises.
They are memes existing in people's minds. Their survival depends on their ability to help us as their media survive. Some minor mistakes may be tolerable. But if they're persistent, someday they would lead us to make wrong decisions, which in turn could cause our extinction, which is also theirs.In short, good scientific theories will help us conscious beings to survive. But religion is useful in its own way.
Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Which of these things have empirical evidence?Models involving the first 5 have useful explanatory and predictive capabilities. The rest are not inconsistent with observation (apart, probably, from the magnetic monopole) and might at least be explanatory or predictive but their predictions are inexplicit and untested. There is some discussion as to whether string theory is predictive or testable, but the fact that it is intended to be at least predictive puts it in the realm of scientific endeavour.
DNA, atom, electron, photon, gluon, graviton, anyon, tachyon, dark matter, dark energy, magnetic monopole?
what about multiverse and string theories?
OK, you get in the rocket and go to Mars without faith in science. Either that means your hoping or suicidal.That is a just a semantic argument.
Well, as we all know, science doesn't work like that. Scientific research gets trapped in more box canyons than the Lone Ranger; does more U-turns than the average government; falls to certain death more often than Wile E Coyote; has more women in it than you might at first imagine (though probably not nearly enough); and generally gets the wrong answer.
Many people think that science is just another religion, no better than their own. Their reasoning is apparently something along these lines: “Beliefs about the unseen world are based entirely on received truth—truth that is known to be right because it is felt to be right. All and only religions offer an opinion about the unseen world. Science offers such an opinion. So science is a religion.” (For those interested in the technical, this argument is valid, so if its premises are true, so is its conclusion. The second premise is false, however.)Let's clarify what's meant by unseen. Is it something we can't see with naked eyes? Or something we can't sense without tools? Are viruses unseen in this context? What about exoplanets?