spirituality and science

Discussion in 'Philosophy and Religion' started by Sprout420, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. Sprout420

    Sprout420 Member

    Some people rely only on belief while others rely upon knowledge, but i think that they compliment eachother. Maybe humans need to transcend a little more and learn to utilize belief and knowledge in order to find truth. I dont think people should view religion as opposites rather see them as complimentary aspects of our lives. What is everyone thoughts
  2. tubahead

    tubahead Member

    You can't have knowledge without belief. In order for somebody to know something, she has to believe it.
  3. prana

    prana Member

    Well to a large degree I do think religion and science are mutually exclusive, and this is why: Religion, or more so, faith, is when someone accepts something as truth reguardless of whether or not it's true. I will admit however, that when someone takes some scientific idea and treats it as set in stone for all eternity, that's just as dogmatic. Science is about the pursuit of truth. All you can really say (about the speed of light, for example) is that based on all available evidence, this or that theory has proven to be the most reliable. The scientific method will never be perfect, because it is impossible to sufficiently account for every possible variable in existence, and therefore you will never have all the proper controls in place. Religion though is intended to be set in stone. I don't know if I'd say the same about spirituality though. I've always considered that to be more informal and adaptive.

    I mean I might have my own ideas about things and people, but when you come right down to it, unless you've done me wrong personally, I see no reason to hate you or treat you differently. It might not be the safest way to go about things, but I think it's the smartest.
  4. plebe

    plebe Member

    Usually, religion creates confusion because it has been screwed up by people. I have spent the past few months searching for evidence of an afterlife and reincarnation beyond individual observations or reports. At the same time, I've also been reading about the studies claiming that most, if not all, psychic phenomena could be attributed to brain or mind activity. While I haven't found anything to refute the hard core believer in scientism, I have found what I consider to be the ultimate compendium of the research that has been done on all the various aspects of psychic phenomena. It doesn't have everything included in it, but provides an excellent overview of the work that's been done as well as references for those who want more or who want to duplicate the author's efforts.
    I would be interested in a rational discussion with anyone who isn't convinced after reading this e-book. Here's the link: http://www.openmindsite.com/dl/21days.pdf

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