Did you know that there are people on this planet (atheists to a person) who believe, they actually believe AND they will say it out loud, “Science is the only way to know truth.”
That of course is an unprovable philosophical statement. In fact:
. Science can't tell us why kindness is better than cruelty - yet we still believe it to be true
. Science can't tell us how the laws of mathematics and logic came to exist or why they came to exist, but we still live as though they do exist.
If the genius who made the first statement says these laws exist to prove science, s/he is arguing in a circular manner. But that's not all -
. Science can't explain or prove these metaphysical truths;
- there are minds other than my own
- the external world is real
- the external world didn't begin to exist ten minutes ago appearing as aged.
. Science can't prove or disprove ethical beliefs
- Whether the Nazis did anything evil
. Science can't rule on aesthetic judgements
- Beauty and goodness can't be proven
. Science itself can't be justified by the scientific method of enquiry.
Don't get me wrong. The scientific method of knowing is a masterful way of learning about physical matter. It does indeed lead to some truths regarding matter. Science however will never help humans “cure” their most desperate need; that of overcoming human nature.
Nevertheless, those who have thrown their lot in with science are prepared to wait until their dying day for a scientific answer to why this mathematically precise, life-supporting, moral universe exists.
(((Yawn . . .)))