What is truth? Scientific and moral truth – Our responsibility to all life.
by Hearts and Minds Media
What is a scientific truth?
Philosophers talk about the correspondence theories of truth: subjective, deductive, and inductive (scientific) truth.
- Is scientific truth constant or changeable?
- Is scientific truth all that is measured by experience?
- Scientific truth converges towards religious truth?
- Is the truth all that we believe, or do we have a greater responsibility?
How scientific knowledge changes.
'The ideal of completely correct knowledge is a concept. Scientific knowledge keeps changing, and our ideas about truth change too. Dr. Terry Halwes'
It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man's blessings. Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours; concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labour and the distribution of goods in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
· Albert Einstein, speech at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (February 16, 1931), as reported in The New York Times (February 17, 1931), p. 6.
There are many philosophical and historical theories as to how scientific consensus changes over time. The history of scientific change is extremely complicated, and there is a tendency to project "winners" and "losers" onto the past in relation to our current scientific consensus, it is very difficult to come up with accurate and rigorous models for scientific change. This is made exceedingly difficult also in part because each of the various branches of science functions in somewhat different ways with different forms of evidence and experimental approaches.
Most models of scientific change rely on new data produced by scientific experiment. Karl Popper proposed that since no amount of experiments could ever prove a scientific theory, but a single experiment could disprove one, science should be based on falsification
Fine tuned faith - Faith and Science are they compatible?
by Hearts and Minds Media
Using open-wiki material I have hoped to present a easy to read argument on science and faith presenting both sides on compatibility. Personally having investigated scientifically and reasoned as ciritcally as possible throughout my career with a faith in Christianity I believe they can be beneficial to each other with a balanced perspective.Below is a short-excerpt from the introduction.
First, as Richard Mouw (former President of Fuller Seminary) reminded us, God is slow. The universe is 13.4 billion years old (I think I’m remembering that correctly!). It took billions of years for life on earth to exist, much less for humans to populate it. That’s how much time God has. That’s how long God is willing to work in order to create and ultimately recreate this world. As we read in 2 Peter: "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
Second, God is faithful. The Scriptural witness proclaims God’s faithfulness, but what I saw at this conference was the faithfulness of God on display through nature. Take gravity, which exerts its pull throughout the universe in a consistent, measurable, predictable way. The physical laws which govern the planets and the heavens hint at the steadiness, the constancy of God. How glorious to imagine that same faithfulness in our lives?
Third, God is extravagant. There are 500,000 species of beetles. A series of scientific examples are listed below before investigating the main arguments for and against a compatibility of science and faith....
The relationship between religion and science has been a subject of study since classical antiquity, addressed by philosophers, theologians, scientists, and others. Perspectives from different geographical regions, cultures and historical epochs are diverse, with some characterizing the relationship as one of conflict, others describing it as one of harmony, and others proposing little interaction.