Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cogito et Credo

ut intelligam
ut agaim
ut vivam

I believe
so I can understand
so I can act [do]
so I can live

Everything is based on faith.
On pure faith, that is.

Modern science seems to be faithless, but is it? Scientific method relies on measures that have been invented by humans to fit their senses. Measures that are nothing but meaningless symbols until they go trough our senses and are decoded and interpreted by our Ratio. Ratio that is the has been proven that it can be tricked with logical and other paradoxes. So we have faith in our measures and instruments, in our senses and in our Ratio mechanism so that we come to a solid scientifically proven "fact".
And you want to tell me that there is no room for pure faith in technology!

You cannot be sure you are sitting there where you are sitting, reading what you are reading, even that you exist in the form you are familiar with.
Think about it. You believe all this stuff without thinking and take them for granted, but when you start to question it, you start to see it's actually an act of faith that your mind believes you are where you are and what you are.

Try thinking about breathing and you will see that you will need a few seconds for the auto-pilot to regain control.

Also, you are not blinking automatically.
Isn't that nice?

1 comment:

  1. Nice post, Atlas.

    Science is the most reliable form of knowledge about the world because it is based on testable hypotheses. Religion, by contrast, is based on faith. The term “doubting Thomas” is a good example of the difference. In science, a healthy skepticism is a professional necessity, and in religion, having belief without evidence is consider as a virtue. The problem with this cute separation is that science has its own faith-based belief system. See, science proceeds on the assumption that nature is ordered in a rational and intelligible way. You couldn’t be a scientist if you thought the universe was a meaningless jumble of odds and ends haphazardly juxtaposed, right? Of course.
    Every time when physicists probe to a deeper level of subatomic structure, or astronomers extend the reach of their instruments, they expect to encounter additional elegant mathematical order. And that is pure faith.