Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What Science Is

Ironically the biggest problem in science is defining science itself. This problem arises in part from an effort by some to limit the meaning of science in a manner that excludes lines of study and explanation that they specifically want to exclude. These areas of desired exclusion; include a form of Creationism and anything thing else involving God or the supernatural.

An objective definition of Science is:

  • "Systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied."
  • (Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language)

 Unfortunately many insist on only allowing naturalistic explanations for everything as a qualification of science. The problem is that this artificially limits science to what can be considered even if the truth is outside that cozy little box. Such a limit removes science from being a search for truth and turns it into an atheistic propaganda machine. This is why there is so much conflict between science and religion.  

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