WHY SCIENCE IS STILL NECESSARY

Read another article today from Science Daily selections regarding the status of happiness in ‘old age’.  This one contradicted some earlier studies which implied that we generally become happier as we get older.

 Such confusion exists among claims made on the internet on a daily basis. There are outrageous  assertions made continuously about the benefits of this treatmenet versus another. Recently I’ve seen postings regarding the old claims of the health benefits of coffee enemas. On their face, many might seem reasonable to some, ridiculous to others.

What willl ultimately determine “truth” is the scientific method. Now we all understand that science is imperfect. Its liability, its weakness is that not all science is ultimately accurate. Because scientists are human they may be prone to falsifying data for a variety of personal reasons. Of course this is reprehensible. But what makes science invaluable as a tool for ascertaining truth is its ability to correct itself over time. This is crucial. Studies need to be repeated, over and over. In this way what we deem to be truth is essentially a consensus of scientific studies (which need to be examined as to their own reliability) which is always open to revision. In this sense, scientific truth ( as opposed to religious truth) is always uncertain.  But it is in this uncertainty, this insistence that results be confirmed over and over that we can rely on its veracity.

 Is science ALL we need to understand the nature of reality?  I would submit the answer is NO.  We need the humanities– philosophy, literature, the study of consciousness, spirituality. Some of these aspects of human experience may NOT be open to scientific study.  But when it comes to understanding the physical universe and its manifestations, we absolutely need it.

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