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Does science take away the 'magic' in life?

It seems in today's society we know everything from atoms to what caused life. But does this take away the 'magic', the passion, the wonder in life. for example, if you were to watch a sun set, we are told it is formed because of gravity's pull and the rotation of planets compared if we did not know the function we would simply stare in wonder. I am not saying science is bad but that it turns our view of our surroundings into a mechanical engineering system, a system relying on statistics and data only. making our world cold. religion has often been denied by science the belief in God since the enlightenment has made church attendance at a all time low. So should we go back to the stone age and stop innovation? of course not however, does science take away the 'magic' in life? if so, should we embrace it? what steps should we take to preserve the 'soul' of life?


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  • May 12 2013: Thank you for the reply and inputs to the conversation much appreciated.

    What is science? is it not cold hard facts which leave scientists lock away in there rooms contemplating. Is it not these same cold facts which turns our earth into an ice cube? I mean wonders that take our breath away such as the grand canyon even man made inventions like the iPhone(joke intended) may still be wonders with or without science however, taken that we know, we understand or we come across these wonders everyday, or we can search them up and locate them with out having to go to those places, like Entrophy said, somehow makes us ungrateful or take for granted these wonders. And is it not this which makes wonders in life a bit less 'magical'.
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      May 12 2013: I see in your profile that you identify yourself as a student and lover of science, so why not share your real point of view on this? Most lovers of science could hardly see science as "cold hard facts that turn the Earth into an ice cube."
      • May 12 2013: Yes I am a lover of science and a student. But what i said is true, science are stone cold facts. it is what we make of it that makes the subject differ between different individuals. Yes I am a lover of science and a student. But my interests have no effect on what science is, and it is made up of theories, statistics and facts. But as days pass by in London i want to know different views and opinions on weather science takes away the 'magic' in life? Like you stated i am a lover of science and a student.

        kind regards.
    • May 12 2013: I just cannot understand your attitude toward this topic.

      Science has given us technology that provides us with magical results. How can you not appreciate the magic when using a microwave oven, watching TV, stopping at an automated stoplight, flying through the air at 800 kph, using an IPhone? I had to take a flight recently, the first time in many years. The modern airport may not have the longevity of the pyramids, but it is far more wondrous and functional.

      Taking wonders for granted is a choice. Choose to appreciate the wonder and magic.
      • May 12 2013: Yes you are very right in the case that science can create such 'magic' no doubt about that we have all seen the wonders it creates (disregarding the mass destruction it can cause).

        I think we need to understand first what is meant by 'magic'. Some of you who are religious as i am, who believes in a creator such as God, when confronted with such wonders we can say "oh this is Gods work" and with God or with a creator comes a set of rules. As science takes control over our society i fear what might come from putting so much faith into science as science has none of these rules. i think there is a bigger question to be answered here and that is should we put our faith into science?
        Its a bit of a radical change of question i know but i realized how dumb this question actually was so i looked deeper.
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          May 12 2013: You are asking whether it's better to believe a set of rules set down during a very early and undeveloped part of human history which if broken result in eternal torture, VS, a modern, ever changing system which can be tested and falsified. When you say science has no rules it actually does. Whatever you state must have evidence, if you claim it to be true then it must show experimental results which match your predictions whilst also leaving a method for it to be falsified.
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          May 15 2013: Define your terms Peter. Faith and Science are apples and oranges, oil and water. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 KJV). Science is systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, experimentation, and theorizing about the physical workings of the Universe. Your phrase "faith in science" denotes an impossibility because all belief is based on either Faith OR Science. For folks without Faith everything is based on Science.

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