posted on Aug, 7 2013 @ 06:50 AM
This is in response to a recent thread I read on philosophy. I once wrote a venn diagram in my existentialism class that my philosophy professor
It included Science, Religion, and Philosophy.
My statement was that any given time, you can believe in one or two of them, but not all three.
You can believe in just science: "Our purpose in this life is the same as any creature, to reproduce. When it is our time to die, our bodies will
compost the earth and give nutrients back to nature that we had used, so that future generations of animals and plants can thrive."
Just religion: "We are here to do God's work. When we die, we go to heaven or hell."
Just philosophy: "Why are we here? Where do we go when we die? Where were we before we were born?"
You can believe in religion and science: "I believe a higher power has put us here, but that time and evolution are the driving forces of nature."
This leaves no room for philosophical questioning on why we are here or where we go when we die.
Religion and philosophy: "I don't know why we're here or where we go after death, but I know our souls go somewhere."
Science and philosophy: "I'm not sure if we have a specific purpose in this life or not. And I'm unsure if there is a higher power that dictates
But you can't solidly believe in all three. You can't ask questions that you already know the answers to. Religion and science offer us answers,
depending on what you believe, and philosophy offers us questions. Religion and science are the answers to philosophy. To me, all a philosopher does
is ask unanswerable questions in a poetic, artistic way. Which is beautiful, and the world needs beauty.