posted on Jun, 25 2009 @ 05:17 AM
I guess this is the best forum to post this in, as it mostly about the scientific method. It also relates to a lot of other topics on ATS. I believe
in a lot of things that have yet to be proven. Perhaps they will be proven, maybe even in my life, but I've begun to wonder if proof is not possible
for some of these things.
There are so many sceptics on this board and pseudosceptics who demand proof. Sure, proof would be great, but what if these things are simply
unprovable? As human beings, we have only a limited set of tools with which to consider our world. Sure, technologically we've created a lot of
enhancements, but ultimately we only have the same senses with which to absorb information, and the same mind with which to decode it.
At the same time we are part of that which we are studying. The observer effect is a good example of that, but even without getting metaphysical, we
live in the world we're studying. In a lot of ways that makes us part of it.
I've often considered science as a kind of religion. A set of beliefs, rules, codes. A way of thinking. Sure, those beliefs are 'proven',
rigorously tested and peer reviewed, but that probably belongs in the science and religion thread. My point is, if we accept that things exist which
are unprovable, what does that do to science? It almost denies it, the way many think science denies the existence of God.