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Realizing Things Pt. 2: The New Water Table at Science World is Mediocre at Best

Last weekend, in an effort to further understand science (and to relive our childhood), Isabella and I took a trip to science world. In addition to dealing with the massive disappointment that came with the discovery that the water table aka the best part of my childhood was no longer at there (they have a new one and it’s not nearly as cool), we spent some time in the nano science exhibit. It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like- an exhibit about small stuff.

I’ll be honest- I had no idea what was going to come out of this experience, I just really wanted to go to science world. Luckily, it proved to be worthwhile but not knowing what to expect also meant not knowing exactly what I was looking for. I was sort of planning to work in reverse, going straight into the experience and seeing what sorts of connections I could draw to metaphysics. That said, I did have a few questions going in. I wanted to better understand the relationship between science and religion in order to arrive at a more definitive answer to the question of whether or not the two could coexist because I still hadn’t found a clear answer. I don’t know that I learned anything that I didn’t know going in, in terms if metaphysics. More than anything, this experience helped me gather my thoughts and pushed me to draw connections from areas reaching beyond the realm of philosophy.

The main difference between science and religion as belief systems is the fact that science is based on observable evidence. This is a reason that many people may perceive science as something that sets out to disprove religion but that’s not necessarily the case. In learning about science, nano science in particular, and observing the evidence it’s all based on, I didn’t find any contradictions between science and religion. The discovery of the atom for instance, answered questions of what makes us but not where those pieces came from. Science provides us with the answers to many questions, backed by empirical evidence but where did these systems come from? If the universe as we know it was created by some sort of supreme being then it is possible that this being created science as well. On the other hand, there are aspects of science such as evolution, that certain religious texts such as the bible, seem to be in conflict with. It all depends on how we choose to look at things and to what degree we believe in what we do.

Three blog posts and a trip to science world later, I’m no closer to finding a definitive answer to my initial question. I can’t say I’m surprised. As much as I would have liked to believe there was one, like most things to do with philosophy, there is no one right answer; it all depends on perspective.

Science world was fun though!

 

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