Science takes the magic out of life. The sole purpose of science is to define and label things. It seeks to rationally understand how everything works.
But acquiring knowledge as to how things work should only serve to fuel your wonder about the world. Knowledge by itself sees life in an absolute way, locking you into an extremely limited perspective in which only that which can be proven is real. Everything else is relegated to the fringes of acceptance.
But science knows very little compared to the infiniteness of all that exists on earth and trillions of other planets. If only the provable is considered real, it leaves out the vast majority of things in existence, known or unknown. That doesn’t mean science shouldn’t continue to do its thing. But whenever science presents its research findings, it presents it as undeniable facts. The non-physical context is missing. Until science labels something as fact, it is not to enter mainstream conversation. You are not to believe what hasn’t been proven.
No doubt, there is a certain thrill to figuring out how life works. As long as you’re mindful not to take scientific research as absolute truth, you are free to enjoy endless nights at the lab staring into your microscope. But if living by scientific truths becomes a substitute for living in the current of life, you are in trouble. To lose yourself in intellectual facts is to lose yourself in the physical realm. Your connection to reality becomes severed. But even facts are just opinions – albeit ones that a group of people has agreed on. Losing yourself in facts means losing yourself in judgment.
The idea that the scientific method is as unreliable as all judgment is, is sure to raise some eyebrows. After all, you have been raised and educated to believe in scientific findings as inalienable truth. But with just a little reading up on issues highlighted by the reproducibility crisis, the shortcomings and fallacies become quite apparent. At the end of the day, humans are human in whatever they do.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if scientific studies are reproducible or not. Science has given human evolution a necessary framework to move forward in. The only thing to remember is that the role of science should be to discover and explain the characteristics of nature. It leaves the biggest question of all – what gives nature its characteristics in the first place – unanswered.
Now go out there and relish some facts!