OK, Horatio

Before you remind me, I agree.  Shakespeare was right; There are indeed more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in philosophy.

Shakespeare, through Hamlet, is saying of course, that philosophy does not encompass all that humankind may encounter.  Philosophy being a word which in those days was equivalent to “knowledge” or even “science” as we now refer to it.

Hence the expression Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as applied to many subjects.

In the late 1500s and early 1600s there was a hell of a lot going on that people did not understand.  There are a lot less things now in heaven and earth that are unexplained.  Gradually we are getting a handle on them all, because humanity is insatiably curious and always willing to experiment.  Unfortunately some of us are too lazy to reason in a disciplined way, and too eager to accept facile explanations.  A curious dichotomy.

That is why science is so cool.  Curiosity, repeated experiments and repeated mistakes are how we learn.  We refine our experiments and learn from the errors of interpretation  until at last the truth becomes clear.

Those who criticise science because in the past it has made mistakes are entirely missing the point.  Because it was wrong before does not mean it will continue to be wrong.  It actually suggests we are getting closer all the time to being absolutely – rather than partly – right.

I criticise those who still believe that which was believed 3000 years ago, (the so called Wisdom of the Ancients),merely  because it is old.  Despite repeated inability to consistently reproduce results, rather than learn, formulate a new hypothesis and test it, they choose to make excuses for why the experiment did not seem to work,  and continue to believe anyway. What was wrong then, is just as wrong now. If it was right it has probably been proven by now. Galileo was right.   Nonetheless, Galileo was forced to recant the heliocentric universe by people who did not wan’t to change their philosophy.   Even now the descendants of these still believe in witchcraft and magic, and reincarnation.

Science is consistent.  Superstition is anything but.


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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2 Responses to OK, Horatio

  1. Alan says:

    What is there that does not fit into the scientific method?


  2. Pilgrim33 says:

    Science might indeed eventually get it all right.
    I estimate at least 3500yrs from now.
    But of course those who turn science into their religion are always right in their own mind simply by refusing to consider anything that does not fit into the scientific method.
    And by calling everyone who has experienced such conflicting evidence deluded.
    Just like christianity.


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