Science is not religion, it doesn't offer virtue

Stop Believing in Science

Science is not a religion. It doesn’t offer virtue or certainty.

Fri May 22, 2020

Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

In the middle of a pandemic in which experts rule the land and elected officials discard the Bill of Rights while claiming to be religiously following the science, it is more vital than ever to remember that the true scientific search for knowledge provides us with more doubts than certainties. A model is an evolving guesstimate and following it does not invest any politician’s actions with infallibility.

Science isn’t something you believe. It’s what you do and how you do it. And how someone else does it.

Believing in science, like believing all women, has become a mark of cultural virtue. Yet the people most likely to say that they believe in science are the least likely to value objectivity and healthy skepticism. Science, for such people, has taken the place of religion in providing certainty in an uncertain world. When science is used to signal virtue and provide certainty, it’s not science, but a hollow religion.

But the modern ruling class, like ancient emperors and sultans, demands certainty. A science that doesn’t predict the world is useless and a science that doesn’t affirm their view of the world is heretical. The roots of the elite are in universities that began as divinity schools before losing the divinity, and they still want to believe in an absolute truth as long as it is the one that they already happen to believe in.

“Veritas,” says the Harvard seal. “Lux et Veritas,” proclaims its Yale cousin.

Along the way, veritas became gravitas. The importance of the expert overshadowed the verifiability of his claims. The decline of the divine in the lives of the ruling class had not diminished its desire for absolute truths. It sought these truths in the tangled recesses of the human psyche, before realizing that the quantum indeterminacy of the universe was nothing compared to the indeterminacy of the human mind, and in societal models that sought to understand people as a collective when they could not be grokked as individuals. The new astrology was a science of collectives experimented on by force.

When science is politicized, uncertainties disappear and are replaced with false certainties. The methodologies which filter out observer bias are subverted and observer bias becomes the process. Politicized science does not seek to learn, but to affirm the cultural convictions of its class. It is not searching for the truth, because it already knows it. Its only purpose is to uphold the ruling class.

Studies, experiments, and models are tools. They’re not magical means of ineffably arriving at the truth, but of struggling with the uncertainties that distinguish the pursuit of knowledge from epistemological narcissism. When the experimenters refuse to accept what they do not know, then the methodology is as worthless as the arcane formulas of alchemists because it is not fulfilling its vital task of sifting uncertainties. Research that reinforces our biases isn’t pursuing knowledge: it’s an echo chamber.

The Left lacks many of the qualities necessary for wisdom, but the root of all its folly is a lack of humility. Its intellectual systems are complex, compelling, and occasionally dazzling, but so were those of countless philosophies, many now lost to history, which claimed to explain the world, but only charted the complex rationalizations and labyrinthine passages of the human psyche. While the Left claims that its ideas explain reality, they’re never been anything other than a chamber of intellectual echoes.

Contrary to their protestations, radicals don’t learn about reality from reality, overlaying the exterior world on to their interior worlds, instead they map their internal emotional states on to the outside world. That is why radicalism has been the timeless hobby of the children of privileged classes who have the ego and leisure time to dramatize their emotional states as a moral crisis encompassing the world.

Leftist theories don’t derive from the privileged scion experiencing the plights of migrant farmworkers, oppressed minorities in the ghetto, protesting factory workers, furious coal miners, angry tribesmen, or any of the other mythological tropes that transmute college students into crusading heroes. These are just the characters who allow them to act out the inner narratives of their egos. And the theories provide the world-building framework for an enduring heroic struggle that will transform mankind.

We believe some things because they are true and other things because they make us feel strong.

A universe of quantum indeterminacy does not make us feel strong. It humbles us. And this humility is what we feel when truly seeking knowledge in religion or science. Humility can appear to be a weakness, but it is truly a great source of strength because it allows us to see the world as it is and to connect to something far greater than us. It is not for the Ozymanidases who want a shortcut to absolute power.

Radicals don’t live with uncertainty. There is no room for humility in the conviction that you already have all the answers and are out to save the world. And there is no room for humility or truth in the science that such people, or those under their auspices practice. It is not a science of uncertainties, but of the certainties that come from realizing the heroic stories of the psyche that we tell ourselves.

Picture little boys playing with toy soldiers or caped superheroes. That is politicized science. It doesn’t venture into the unknown. It invents a series of crises, and makes those who listen to the stories feel heroic for fighting them. In the adult world, the little hills of the sandbox become mansions and houses of state, fortunes are won, power is secured, and all the adult assets that come with it in real life.

Truth however is lost. And when truth is lost, everything else is lost too.

Ask the Soviet Union or Venezuela. Ask the Nazis or any cult. There is a limit to how much any political entity can exist while living in a fantasy world. The universe is a harsh place. Everything from physics to economics exacts a price. Energy is finite. And even the human mind can only believe so many lies.

As a civilization, we need science. But it is not the scientism of unquestioningly believing experts because they have a degree, of mistaking the external rituals of science for truth, and of believing rather than thinking for ourselves. When it comes to science, when we believe, then we stop thinking.

And then it’s no longer science. Science is not a façade of experts. It is the search for truth.

When people, whether they’re farmers, politicians, or scientists, cease to search for truth and instead express ‘my truths’, the truths in their minds, they step out of reality and begin living in their own heads. And eventually reality exacts a price too high even for the lotus eaters and growers to endure.

Radicals corrupt science into a deterministic echo chamber leaving them with neither science nor truth.

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The left is being lied to and seems to PREFER the lies. I suppose that’s understandable in that believing the lies allows them to refrain from thinking and to stay in their personal comfort zones. It’s all so brainless. There used to be a logical fallacy called “Appeal to Authority.” The left uses it constantly except their “authorities” are restricted exclusively to those who affirm their own personal biases and points of view. Anyone who disagrees is heretical.

Just saw some data that said 3 TIMES as many people die every day from RABIES than from Covid-19! Do you know ANYONE who has died from rabies? Do you know anyone who knows anyone who knows anyone who has died from rabies?

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I know one person who was diagnosed with covid but only after they’d been in the hospital for over 24 hours for a different problem. none dead.

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The Nazis relied on science and shunned religion, The communists have done the same thing, how well are they doing? Relaying exclusively on religion leads to the same results, look at most middle Eastern nations, they are hell holes that like Nazism and Communism people run from instead of toward. However, each has a place to play in human development as long as they are kept in their prospective areas.

During the Covid crisis, which was not a crisis, we got a taste of what the science believer would do to religious believers if they had the chance. banning or closing all things that they do not agree with their point of view in the guise of safety. They would fine and /or jail those who would protest their edicts. I for one thank God in hid direction of the Founding Fathers when they drafted the Constitution, for they saw that religion was as important as science to the effect of raising religion on a pedestal to show its importance.

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This may have been true 10 years ago; it’s not true today.

The left has been attacking scientists for asserting Evolutionary biology to show that men and women are different, that GMOs are harmless, that “safe spaces” weaken people psychologically, and it attacks economists for pointing out the empirical flaws in their policies.

People who are center-left are now criticizing the far left for this tendency.

“We use to be the smart ones; now we’re the ones who are anti-science”.

Hell, here’s Neil deGrasse Tyson calling it out:

It’s true more today than ever before. The far left should be criticized for their blurring the lines between historical (origins) science and observational science. ONE is science that we can depend on. THe former is nothing but political mind control in action.

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Uh, what is “historical origins science”?

Are you talking about Humans Evolving?

I know that Economics is often referred to as “The Dismal Science”, but it’s NOT “science” any more than psychiatry or alchemy is “science.”

I’m talking about Origins science…all of it. It’s not observational science. It is the left’s religion.

I’m still not clear on what you mean. What’s an example?

I thought you might rather look it up than take it from me. Origins science promoted by the left is any ‘science’ that is not operational or observational science. It is evolution, it is astrobiology, it is exobiology, it is now paleontology, it is environmentalism, global warming, big bang, ufology, etc etc .

I looked up the term, I don’t see anyone who defines it this way.

Origins science includes, according to this source, astronomy and planetary science. Both of these involve observational data. That’s what telescopes are for.

We’ve observed elements of the big bang.

It’s called Cosmic background radiation, essentially, a baby picture of the universe nigh-frozen in time. We can see it, and it’s some of the oldest light in the universe.

Remember, light takes time to travel. When you look up at the stars, you’re seeing what many of them “were” thousands, millions, and even billions of years ago.

Which means it’s the same as looking back in time. We can see what parts of the universe were like long before we got here.

I didn’t think you’d recognize the difference. You can’t get close to it, you can’t duplicate it. Observing something and then having to theorize on it is not observational/operational science.

from creation.com

What distinguishes origins and operational science?

Origins vs operational science

Published: 22 September 2013 (GMT+10)

We often speak of a distinction between origins and operational science. What distinguishes them? Does God see it any differently from us? CMI’s Lita Cosner discusses these questions in today’s feedback:

J.C. from the United States writes:

Question: From the point of view of our biblical Creator and rightful Judge, what is the essential distinction between operational science (dealing with experiment and observation in the present—Science that puts a man on the moon) and origins science (purporting to explain origins and all things “prehistoric”, notably the evolution of all things?)

CMI’s Lita Cosner responds:

Dear Jeffrey,

As we explain in several of the items in our Science Q&A, the distinction between origins and operational science is that the latter deals with things that are repeatable and observable. If I tell you that water boils at 100 degrees Celsius, well, you can test that for yourself as many times as you like. All of operational science is like this in principle, even if it gets a lot more complex than that.

Origins science takes what we can find out through operational science and tries to apply that to the past to explain what we see in the present. Criminal forensic science (popularized unrealistically by many popular TV series) for instance, tries to use the evidence to reconstruct a crime to figure out what happened, and who committed the crime. To a much larger degree, origins science tries to take what we know about biology, chemistry, and geology today, and extrapolate back to try to find out things about the earth’s past. (see CSI and CMI and CSI and evolution).

Origins science is trying to answer historical questions: how did we get here, what happened in the past to give us what we have today? And origins science is not completely invalid; our own creationist geologists and cosmologists, for example, engage in a sort of origins science, for instance when Michael Oard hypothesizes that certain conditions during the Flood led to the dinosaur eggs, tracks, and bonebeds that we see today (see The extinction of the dinosaurs and Dinosaur Challenges and Mysteries). The difference between evolutionary origins science and creationist origins science is that creationists realize the historical nature of the questions, and therefore turn to a historical text—i.e. Scripture—to inform them about what sort of big historical events may have caused what we see today (see Biblical history and the role of science). There is still debate among creationist scientists, for instance, about things like plate tectonics or about what stage of the Flood certain strata represent, but for us, the Bible gives us a historical ‘scaffold’ on which to hang our ideas (see Flood models and biblical realism).

It would be common for evolutionists to say that this dependence on the Bible to give us our historical framework for doing operational science biases us in a way that’s unacceptable for true scientists. But the evolutionary scientists have their own ‘scaffolding’ on which they hang their ideas. For instance, there are many different ideas about the relationships between various groups of animals and how they are related to each other, but all of them assume millions of years of evolution. Not even findings like DNA in a dinosaur leg bone, or the numerous living fossils , or the evidence that the genetic codes of multi-celled organisms are accumulating errors at an alarming rate which dooms them all (including us, except Jesus has promised to return first) to extinction—none of these findings make them question their ‘scaffold’; they can even absorb these into their ‘scaffold’.

So in other words, operational science is the stuff that requires lab coats and goggles; when you run an experiment and collect data. Origins science is when you try to apply those results to explain what happened in the past to explain what we see in the world today. And surprisingly to some, origins science is not limited to godless evolutionists; it’s something that creationists can do, informed by the historical record of Scripture, to the glory of our God and Creator.

Does God recognize this distinction between operations and origins science? In one sense, all truth is God’s truth, so there’s no distinction at the level of correspondence with reality between historical truth and scientific truth. Nevertheless, even God recognizes the difference between natural regularity (which operations science investigates) and history (which origins science investigates). God testifies about certain unrepeatable events in the past (e.g. Exodus 20:2, 11). Neither can we know God apart from historical revelation—His acts in history (including his authorship of the Bible) accurately reflect His eternal and unchangeable nature sufficiently for us to know Him. Moreover, God can’t judge us without appealing to history—all our relevant acts will be past events from the perspective of Judgment Day. But neither can we act as we do apart from God sustaining the universe in a way amenable to operations science investigation (e.g. Genesis 8:22, Colossians 1:17). Both science and history are investigations in time —they are temporal activities that operate with respect to this creation. God genuinely interacts with us, and grounds us, in time (both immediately in miracles and witness, and mediately in ordinary providence), though He in himself is not subject to time. Therefore, He comprehends and validates the conceptual distinction between history and science essentially as we’ve made it on the website even if He is not definable by them in himself.

Sincerely,

Lita Cosner

I’m not accepting definitions from Young-Earth creationists. They fall apart with the barest scrutiny.

There are “operational” components to estimating the age of the Earth; Geology, radiation decay, study of craters and the moon samples.

Secondly, there are “operational” components to Evolution; we can turn on ancient genes in animals from their long dead ancestors.

There’s no reason for those genes to be there, unless they’re related. And Evolutionary theory predicted those genes would be there.

Young earth creationism is just an excuse for bad theology. Presuming they understood what the Bible described, instead of trying to alter their interpretation to meet the evidence.

color me surprised. LOLOL They call your attitude closed mindedness.

got a link for that?

I don’t trust categories that are agenda-driven.

This is no different than the Left calling long rifles “Assault weapons”

It makes no indigenous sense to the people who use those weapons or the industry. It’s a made up term to push an agenda.

Similarly, the Young creationists categories, make no sense when you actually examine the science being done.

There does exist a separation between Experimentalists and Theorists. But no science falls into one or the other. It always has both.

Thus, calling a science “unoperational”, is just a farce. A made up terminology, meant to push an agenda.

And in your world, the gene that was “altered” simply could NOT have been a gene present in early chickens, huh? It MUST have been present in your phantom “dinosaurs” that “evolved” into chickens.

Why would a chicken and long dead dinosaur have the same gene that produces the same bones, when chickens don’t use them?

Too much of a coincidence.

And btw Early Chickens = Dinosaurs.

By definition, all birds are dinosaurs. Just like Crocodiles.