A very small section of science quite succinctly demonstrates my views on science over god.
I have stated that religion has been used, and still is used, as a gap filler where we have no physical evidence of why things happen.
In years gone by many things that we take for granted due to scientific investigation and hard data analysis, were once attributed to a gods.
Since science began, it has found that there are a strict set of rules governing the universe… A universal picture of how stuff works, and why.
Science then pieced together, like a jigsaw, how the universe, biology etc works (or was likely to work, with a few grey areas). Trouble is, science had lots of bits missing, but it new by the rules where the gaps were, and what bit should fit them (even though it didn’t have the bit).
As science progresses, it discovers more bits of the puzzle, and wow! Those early scientists were right when they calculated, using physics etc, what the piece would be.
Lots of bits are missing, but science has given us a very good idea of what the picture on the jigsaw box is meant to be, and is slowly making the picture properly.
Religion just says ‘Trust me, it’s a forest scene with a squirrel, you don’t need to see the picture‘.
Way back in history the four things that were considered to be ‘elements’, earth, wind, water, fire, were aligned to gods… before the scientists debunked these elements and proved beyond doubt that this isn’t how things work.
In fact, for me, the periodic table is that micro section of science that demonstrates how science is able to ‘see‘ things that are yet to be discovered via interpolation & extrapolation of data.
Back in 1869 Dmitri Mendeleev assembled the first periodic table (chart) of 65 known elements. This is the table of solid, liquid and gaseous base elements, such as oxygen, gold, iron, hydrogen… but not water or air or other things made from several of the elements combined. This table was riddled with gaps, yet Mendeleev knew that due to the very physics of the universe, that eventually other elements would fill… MUST fill… the gaps. Well over 100 elements have now been discovered, with more to come. I won’t put the actual number, as more will be added as science progresses, because that’s what happens in reality – things get discovered and we move on. Suggesting that everything is fixed and needs no alteration is the realm of fairy tales and religious scripture.
Just because man hadn’t found them, or even knew how to look for them, the known data said they must be there.
As the years rolled by, more elements have been discovered, perfectly filling the criteria required to fill the gaps, and more will be discovered.
What science doesn’t know, can be calculated, estimated, theorised extrapolated, interpolated, from the universal rules. Day in and day out these unknowns are discovered, and they fill the gaps as predicted.
I am fully aware that I don’t know everything. I am also fully aware that there is a lot of stuff that I don’t know that I don’t know. I’m also perfectly happy knowing that I couldn’t possibly even start to imagine some of the things I don’t know that I don’t know… BUT… I know that through history, science has theorised the gaps, found potential things to fill the gaps, tested those things to make sure they really do fill the gaps, and then filled that gap with them… AND it doesn’t stop there. Science willingly puts itself up for question and debate to test the theories and universal rules it has discovered.
Religion just requires blind faith, as there is yet to be one solid fact demonstrated to me to show that a god exists.
You do realise don’t you, that a sunrise over snow capped mountains, can be a beautiful thing just because… and not need a god to assign that sight to?
Sure, you may say ‘explain why so and so is this and that’ and I won’t have an answer, but I won’t go running to god due to this. Just because I personally can’t answer a question, or some top physicist is sat at CERN scratching their head over an answer, DOESN’T mean that the answer is god. What it does mean though, based on the history of the sciences, is that an answer could be found one day, through science.
Leonardo Da Vinci designed flying machines that would never work because he didn’t have the right materials to use at the time, but he knew that one day his calculations and designs would lead to manned flight. Just because HE didn’t know the answer, or have all the right gear, didn’t stop him. He KNEW the gaps existed, and he KNEW through science, that it was only a mater of time until those gaps would be filled… and by man, not god.
We just aren’t smart enough yet. And with that thought, here’s Dr Neil DeGrasse: