Tuesday, May 05, 2009

On Science

Life continues to rob me of time for blogging. That's not to say I'm not enjoying life, but just that it's been somewhat busy of late.

I've had 2 blog ideas over the past week or so, and since they both have in them the idea of science, perhaps I could share them both.

First, 2 weeks ago, I found myself sitting in Church listening to those who had been assigned the topic of truth upon which to based their presentations. I may have ranted about this before, but I find it ironic that a Church which was founded on the idea of searching for truth, now finds itself discouraging it's membership from seeking truth, directing them instead to accept as gospel the word of their 'divinely appointed' leaders. But I digress...

So it was with mild amusement that I found myself listening, whilst juggling a couple of toddlers.

Speaker #2 brings up that he is an electrical engineer and in order to do his work, he is bound by the rules of science. To create a circuit, or other device, there are principles of truth which he must follow, or his creations, modifications or whatever else he may do, simply will not work.

That was all well and good, until he compared science and religion. Science is continually changing, and so we cannot trust in science. The truth of God is a constant however and so we must cling to that...

My good man... Perhaps next time you want to use the laws of science to illustrate your point, you won't turn around and then render them seemingly irrelevant to make your other point which for all intent and purposes is based on flawed logic!!

So that was the first thing...

Secondly, I've gotten somewhat addicted to a TV show called the Big Bang Theory... If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it. It's hilarious!!! Anyway, one of the main characters - Sheldon, is a brilliant physicist. He tends to view our civilization from a very scientific and analytical perspective. On Monday's show, his roommate receives a phone call, which he chooses to ignore, and a voice message is left. Sheldon views this as a binding social contract. When a voice message is left, the party for which it was left is bound to listen to the message and respond. In Sheldon's mind, failure to do so would lead to a breakdown in the social order, and end in total anarchy. *** Spoiler alert *** It didn't

In science such an outcome may be true. You can determine outcomes of specific experiments, by applying mathematical equations, and determine what the outcomes will be with a high degree of certainty.

Humans don't seem to play by the rules though. We're free thinking creatures with the amazing ability to adapt and change. In a precise scientific experiment, the addition of an unexpected outside force can introduce chaos, and destroy everything, with humans, it only succeeds in making life more interesting.

We're amazing creatures, we humans.

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