Science not based on Faith

The religious love to assert that like religion,  science is based on faith. This is total nonsense. Science is predicated not on faith, but on  “working assumptions” These assumptions are held to do long as they continue to produce fruitful results. Were it found that some particular assumption wasn’t producing fruitful results , then it would have to be abandoned. Arguably , this happened with Quantum theory. Faith is never abandoned , no matter how strong the evidence against it is. It only is abandoned when the particular religion holding the faith position dies.
Bob Zannelli
One need not “believe” in things that can be known unless one refuses to bother to understand and prefers to form a personal opinion that is just a stupid copy of the opinion of some accepted authority. Only incredible things really require belief.
But not knowing the ultimate Truth doesn’t mean not knowing anything.  Betting on the revelations of ancient sheperds and betting on perception and experiment are not equally arbitrary choices.  Theists often suppose that if they can just show science is uncertain they give themselves permission to believe whatever fairytale their parents told them.  But science is always uncertain and has never depended on certainty.


About basicrulesoflife

Year 1935. Interests: Contemporary society problems, quality of life, happiness, understanding and changing ourselves - everything based on scientific evidence. Artificial Intelligence Foundation Latvia, Editor.
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