November 25, 2007

Science and Faith

This appeared in the New York Times recently (and has some bearing on a recent post here):

In other words, the laws [of physics] should have an explanation from within the universe and not involve appealing to an external agency. The specifics of that explanation are a matter for future research. But until science comes up with a testable theory of the laws of the universe, its claim to be free of faith is manifestly bogus.

- Philip Ryan, Web Editor

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Tom Armstrong's picture

... however, I do find ridiculous the idea that only what is testable is true, beyond the 'need' of faith. Wasn't the earth spherical BEFORE Copernicus and BEFORE Columbus sailed the ocean blue?

Science should be in pursuit of Truth, not Truth in pursuit of certification from Science.

Tom Armstrong's picture

The Best Science always recognizes conditions as they are. That is not the same as any kind of faith. Always, there is a vast patch of territory that is inadequately explained or wholly unexplained in Science's path.

Science moves in the direction of the truth of things and does so with a manifest disregard for faith.