Originally posted by Murgatroid
With respect to its great contributions to society, I think it is important to make a case that science is really affecting society more like a
religion now than a field of study or a resource base of useful information. Many everyday people do not understand it at all and accept ALL its
teachings on faith.
It is not the fault of Science that many every day people do not understand it all. Nor is anybody expected to do so. However, if you want, you are
free to educate yourself and see if it all is making sense.
Nothing is hidden. You decide yourself if you want to put any effort into it.
Unfortunately some scientists and academic professionals are not so noble and have perpetrated deliberate frauds and cover-ups of important
Yes, of course there are frauds. Usually attention-seekers or people who have completely missed something while being obsessed by their work. This
ends with the scientific community rejecting the discoveries.
So the question is, how could a fraud be an important discovery?
If you mean "no, they find something very interesting and cover it up because they don't want people to know" - well, then they wouldn't be scientists
to begin with, because scientist do want to learn the "truth". So the question in that case is - are you barking up the wrong tree?
Modern Scientific beliefs are based upon a leap of faith in the big bang theory. It has become a belief system based on faith and therefore another
form of religion.
First of all, it's easy to say that everything we see in the universe seems to originate from "a single point". Regardless of the accuracy of the rest
of the current Big Bang theory (or theories, rather), what difference does it make for rest of science? It doesn't change much, now does it?
So no, modern science is not "based upon a leap of faith in the big bang theory".
It is just that the big bang is one of the big mysteries we have today. It does not have to influence science in itself to such an extent which would
make further science "incorrect" or "false". It's just a theory.
Could you please tell me what you mean by this?
Scientists, like priests can explain their beliefs but the everyday people accept it all on faith.
First of all, they are not beliefs. They are either observable facts or theories (read: models) that seem accurate, and therefore "observable". It is
not correct to call them beliefs. The views are honest and not "made up".
Scientists and doctors are the priests of this new religion, getting angry and crying "heresy" when anyone respectfully disagrees with them.
This is simply not true. Someone "not believing in science" (whatever that means) is completely allowed to have their own ideas.
Something that usually upsets scientists is when people explain the world with scientific terms and call it science (for the reason you stated
before, that people will buy it without having to think). This meta-science is a disgrace. This too would be fine for someone to think, but spreading
utter lies supposedly based on science isn't that nice. Surely you'd have to agree?
edit on 25-8-2012 by Consequence because: (no reason given)