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A comment by a co-worker today, “I’m not a person of faith because of science – the need to have proof you know.”

I didn’t challenge him on this — but I have to say that a scientist that claims to require quantitative proof for everything causes me to question his science.

Science is built on a foundation of a myriad of unspoken assumptions about the nature of reality. Conducting any experiment requires that you accept those assumptions without question. Most of those assumptions are empirically unprovable.

For example, that something can be objectively and repeatably measured. Or that the natural world is fundamentally predictable – that past observation predicts future behaviour.

Those sorts of questions, as much about ontology as about pure science, are often overlooked by those trained in the sciences…but who have never spent much time reflecting on what they do, or are not practising science as a part of their daily work.

The scientists (and applied scientists) that I know in my personal circle, and those that impress me the most, are those that freely embrace the place of mystery in their craft. At the root, both science and theology have a common question – seeking truth and understanding, and in that they have far more in common than difference.


Written by sameo416

May 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

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