Proof that science is a religion
As someone who grew up in the culture of science you probably also believe in science and think it cannot be compared to a religion.
Science by definition is based on empirical facts. But it’s already here where it becomes more complicated and quasi at par with religions:
- unless you check yourself the facts, you cannot be certain that the “story” you hear is factual;
- every empirical check you do yourself, is biased by your expectation from “beliefs” you were told earlier.
The Earth is flat vs globe:
I have not checked either. I grew up with the story that the Earth is a globe. I believe it, so I assume that if I were to check it myself with a boat/airplane I expect it to have experiences that confirm this bias. I could also prove with other techniques, like waiting for a ship to disappear on the horizon due to the circumference but unless I have very strong binoculars I must just accepts that the boat disappears. — Maybe due to circumference or maybe my eyesight is just not as good. I mean I can’t see other planets either when they are right above me.
An easier fact check is gravity.
And that humans can’t fly. We understand the physics that it is impossible because that is how our physics works. BUT, in the past humans also thought that there is no way that they can swim, until someone “heard” about it and then tried and voila, some learnt floating on water. Same with flying objects, in one century we thought it was impossible, in the next we have airplanes.
Similarly, our “physics science” now shows that gravity is not constant and humans might be able to alter it in the future. I cannot prove this news is factual, but I can believe that as our “science” constantly evolves, it has the ability to discover new concepts and develop new technologies for it.
The very important part in the last example is seed planting.
The anti-gravity story might be non-factual. But once I present the story in a way that one can refer to, I have seeded the plant that this is a future potential: That people can fly. If you want to believe in it, you will hear more stories about how it is possible: what discoveries “the science community” has made and that it is not too far in the future and you might even experience it in your lifetime.
There will be counter movement of information from your internet search, friends, family, work etc that will suggest that this is “crazy”. There and then, you will find a cross road, asking you:
Do you want to return to the universe where this is a “crazy” idea or will you move on to a universe where this will exist?
It is up to your confidence in the belief that will determine whether you reach that universe or return to the old (or stay in-between). This process of course applies to all ideas. And, the helping lubricant to get from one universe to another is time.
Time helps humans to prepare themselves for the realization of the idea. Time will give you “space” to figure out what other processes, ideas need to be realized to get to the “main” idea. Time therefore is the greatest invention of humankind! Despite the “fact” that it does not exist unless we check our watch or any other zeitgeist (Sun etc).
My personal examples — queries:
Free money — working without the need to care for money: the idea of basic income has been around for ages and pilot projects are taking place all around the world. I did not think a few years ago that this could be possible, but in my current “universe” I feel it is very likely that it would happen within my lifetime.
Eternal living vs death — in the universe I experience and call 2017, there are views of “singularity” — that is how machines merge with humans and therefore we could have eternal life. Or the idea of nirvana is another way to see my eternity even with the possibilities of changing bodies.
Closing thought from Ouspensky:
“Our mind follows the development of possibilities always in one direction only. But in fact every moment contains a very large number of possibilities. And all of them are actualised, only we do not see it and do not know it. We always see only one of the actualisations, and in this lie the poverty and limitation of the human mind. But if we try to imagine the actualisation of all the possibilities of the present moment, then of the next moment, and so on, we shall feel the world growing infinitely, incessantly multiplying by itself and becoming immeasurably rich and utterly unlike the flat and limited world we have pictured to ourselves up to this moment.”
Is this a crazy idea? What do you think?