- Sagar Sen
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!The very first statements of Sam Harris are questionable! Science is about facts?
The process of scientific discovery involves observation in the physical world, followed by hypothesis formation, measurement of observations using one or more instruments, and ultimately verifying the hypothesis within limited conditions of experiments. Then the hypothesis apparently becomes a fact!
Any act of measurement is imperfect and the best relative accuracy is of the order of 0.5 x 10^-6. Besides all experiments are conducted in controlled conditions where an infinite number of factors are ignored.
The classic example of this are the discrepancies in classical and eventually quantum physics where so called accurate models of behavior of the physical world are touted as laws. These models are not perfect even to explain the physical world in its entirety leave alone the spiritual world.
The reason we tend to believe in Science is because the results in science lead to creation of engineering artifacts such as the IPhone, or a fighter jet that enhance our experiences. We in general tend to believe in something when it helps relate to our real-life experiences.
Science = truth? I think its just an approximation of observations in the physical world. Incidentally, these approximations tend to cater to the intellectual and material needs of the society. This makes them more believable. Thats all!