The matrix tells you to always trust science because it’s the voice of reason. But science is actually a very emotional and cultural practice.
Scientists aren’t gods.
They don’t have all the answers.
They especially don’t have the answers to your Big Life Questions, like:
- “What is the meaning of my life?”
- “What should I do with my life?”
- “How can I make the best of my life?”
- “How can I lead a happy life?”
- “How can I be emotionally healthy?”
- “What do my emotions mean?”
- “Why do I have certain emotions (that don’t feel good)?”
- “Are my emotions good for me or bad for me?”
- “How can I make the best of all of my emotions?”
Scientists are people, just like you.
Putting science up on a pedestal is dangerous. Handing all your life decisions over to people you’ve never met is dangerous.
It’s healthier to celebrate and use science for what it’s good for, not follow a fairytale about its magical powers. It’s healthier to look at how science is actually practiced, rather than how it’s portrayed by cultural myths.
Introducing “5 Reasons Why Science Won’t Give You All the Answers to Life”
Before I started college, I had a pretty unhealthy view of science. I saw it as one big institution meant to break down anything spiritual or meaningful.
Studying cognitive science for four years at UC San Diego changed my outlook completely.
It’s not that science is designed to destroy intuition.
It’s that it’s not prepared to answer so many of the questions that people at present can only answer through intuition.
And over the years it became clear to me that science is actually… rooted in intuition itself!
As AI Researcher Dr. Ben Goerztel has said:
“[S]cience is based on finite sets of finite-precision observations. That is, all of scientific knowledge is based on some finite set of bits, comprising the empirical observations accepted by the scientific community. To extrapolate beyond this bit-set, some kind of assumption is needed. To put it another way, some kind of ‘faith’ is needed.”
It took me four years of undergraduate experience to really see this bigger picture of science. I’ve broken up what I learned into a 23-page report.
In this report, you learn how:
- Science is a Cultural Practice
- The Scientific Method is Subjective
- Science Minimizes Your Subjective Experience
- Science is Often Disconnected from the Real World
- Science Can’t Show You the Bigger Picture
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