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ROLES OF SCIENCE

So what is the real objective of science? How does it help us to understand the material world? What arethe roles ofscience in our life? There are lots of question regarding the possible roles of science in our life, some of them we could understand and some of them we couldn't............


1. To Help People Understand Truth and Reality :

True knowledge of physical reality provides us with an absolute foundation for working out the truth for ourselves (to prevent us from being deceived by cultural myths and past customs).
"The first philosophy (Metaphysics) is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. ... And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which, just as a thing that is, it has. ... That among entities there must be some cause which moves and combines things. ... There must then be a principle of such a kind that its substance is activity." (Aristotle, 340BC)

2. To Realise that we are Structures of the Universe (our senses of discrete and separate bodies are incomplete and deceptive):

When we see things as being separate and discrete (like the human body) this is an illusion (naive real). In Reality matter (and thus all people) are wave structures of the universe, vibrating / resonating with everything in the Space around you. We are all subtly interconnected to all other matter in the observable universe because we are universal creatures (which is why we can see those stars spread across the universe, because we are a part of them, they a part of us). Thus seeing our bodies as discrete and separate objects is an an illusion of our limited senses (as representations of the mind). This is the enlightenment that mystics / spiritualists and great scientists like Albert Einstein realised.
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. … We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. (Albert Einstein, 1954)

3. To Solve the Central Problems of Knowledge:

By understanding matter's (our) true spatially extended nature we can easily understand the necessary connection between things existing in space (imagine spherical waves in space flowing through one another). This explains how the Earth can orbit the Sun, how we can see the Stars in the night sky, i.e. these 'forces of light and gravity' that extend across the observable universe. From this knowledge of necessary connection we can then solve the problems of science, of physics, logic and mathematics, philosophy, metaphysics, theology and our evolution and ecology.
"When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter. ... Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended. In this way the concept 'empty space' loses its meaning. ... Since the theory of general relativity implies the representation of physical reality by a continuous field, the concept of particles or material points cannot play a fundamental part, ... and can only appear as a limited region in space where the field strength / energy density are particularly high." (Albert Einstein, 1950)

4. To Help Humanity by Sharing Knowledge with Others:

The notion that all these fragments is separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion. Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today. Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people who live in it. Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it. (David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980)
We must not conceal from ourselves that no improvement in the present depressing situation is possible without a severe struggle; for the handful of those who are really determined to do something is minute in comparison with the mass of the lukewarm and the misguided. (Albert Einstein, 1934)


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