Science and Religion
Knowledge and Oppression via Force of Faith
I find that I am often misunderstood on the topic of both science and religion. Often people will assume that I am either irreligious or unscientific, but in fact I am neither. I have both scientific and religious leanings, but first and foremost I seek to understand truth. I tend to look for the real thread that underlies both cold clinical laboratory science and the ethereal qualities of religion. It is my nature as a human to use my reason, and I will not allow myself to be forced to believe anything that my reason is not inclined to believe.
Some of you may be taken aback that I would include science and religion coupled together in the same article. No doubt you have either a scientific or religious leaning, but I do not hope to offend anyone, as that is not my purpose. The shock value of attacking a person's inner values, for the purpose of gaining attention, is both childish and dangerous, but there are striking similarities between religion and science, especially when they are wrongly conceived.
First lets start off with the myth that religion can’t be evidence based. Obviously some people may consider the primary source of the Bible to be evidence for Christian truth, and the same for other religious documents and their respective religions, but this is not what I mean. What I mean when I say that religion can be evidence based is that there exists in most religious traditions an element of the individual's experience. Whether it is through meditation, prayer, or even an activity like dance, many religions guide the practitioner towards experience of the divine. Even within conservative or orthodox sects of religion, which tend to strictly adhere to documentation, there is often an element of the practitioner seeking experience. The fact that scientists cannot quantify an individual’s experiences in no way delegitimizes the experience of any individual. If we pursue this line of thinking fully, we will run into the fields of philosophy and psychology which tend to border on science and religion...