Simple questions science CAN'T ANSWER
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Started by Data, November 24, 2014, 21:51:35 PM
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Quote from: Freddy on November 28, 2014, 14:27:39 PMI don't really see science as something that was dreamt up.Science evolved (and is still doing so) from like minded people who had solid ideas about describing the world and understanding what's in it. Sure the ideas have to come from somewhere, but like Snowy says and I agree; science is a method.Science has taken hundreds, if not thousands, of years to develop to where it is now. It wasn't just dreamt up over night and is not some whimsical fantasy. The ideas are grounded by the things we record and observe in reality. And these things need to be demonstrable and proven to be accepted as what we see as true of the universe at that time.I say at that time because things change and science doesn't always get it right. Things often get re-thought when new evidence comes to light. Just think of the Earth orbiting the Sun and not the other way around. Evidence is the watchword here.But yes, the ideas have to come from somewhere, but the important distinction over mysticism is that those ideas cannot just be blindly accepted as fact - they have to earn it via thorough experimentation and other ways of proving that they are true.Maybe some scientist woke up one morning after a particularly good dream that explained black holes. That's all very well and good, but it's not the dream itself that draws the truth. It's what he does with that idea. In other words; the dream is not the proof.Science still has a lot of questions to answer though - but it has never claimed to explain it all. Mystics and the like can accept any old explanation and to be honest; they are the ones that have been dreaming things up and that can be a problem.
Quote from: Freddy on November 28, 2014, 17:03:17 PMIf science can't explain it, I guess one has the choice to believe in something else.
Quote from: DaveMorton on November 28, 2014, 17:09:11 PMYou know, science has shown that alchemy is actually possible, to an extent. A couple of decades ago, a group of scientists at (I think) MIT were able to use high energy neutrons to transform another element into gold. The trouble is that the other element was Platinum (far more expensive than gold), and the process consumed vast amounts of power, so while it was possible, it certainly wasn't practical.
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