Vanity thought #599. Science. It works, bitches

No post about Richard Dawkins should be complete without reference to this now famous line. It’s from XKCD (a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language) where it appeared six-seven years ago. I believe it was repeated again late last year, Dawkins picked up on it and included it into one of his latest public appearances.

It created an instant tsunami of quotes, retweets and links and is now inserted into every evolution vs creationism topic.

It was Dawkins reply to a very long winged question he couldn’t quite follow. He answered to how he understood it himself – “Why can we put faith in science?” Because it works. You use science to build airplanes and they fly, you make medicine and it cures people and so on.

What can you say to this argument? It really works. Why would any sane person put his faith in creationism instead, how can he not believe in sceince? From evolutionists’ point of view it puts discussion to rest.

I haven’t seen any nice comebacks to this yet so I’m just trying to figure it out on my own.

First of all, science works, except when it doesn’t, or where it doesn’t. Science doesn’t cover any transcendental matters – soul, life, God etc.

Second of all, this argument implies that people either believe in science (which works) or they believe in God, which they have no direct experience of whatsoever. There’s no such dichotomy at all. We use sensual perceptions just like everybody else. We use reason and logic and we try things to see if they work, too, ie we conduct experiments.

This is how we make our living, do our jobs, put food into our mouths etc. Everything we do in this world is based on scientific principles – think, test, apply, observe, improve and so on. In our sadhana we might have different criteria for success but once we know what we want to achieve we behave like very reasonable people.

We do not have to choose between reason and faith, they both coexist at the same time, we just don’t give much attention to the empirical world around us.

The beef we have with evolutionists is that they practice bad science. We say that their interpretation of their evidence is unreasonable. Unlike them we know how this world was created and we know that Brahma is its chief designer and we see how everything we observe here complies with that truth.

Evolution is a fact – Brahma created the universe from the sound of Krishna’s flute, there are detailed descriptions in Srimad Bhagavatam how that sound gradually gave rise to material elements, how sense objects, mind and senses themselves gradually evolved and in what sequence, and how they fold into themselves at the time of destruction, too.

It’s not nearly as detailed as historical evolution studied by scientists but from our point of view it’s not something we need to be concerned with. We know that if this knowledge was necessary for our spiritual advancement it would have been revealed, or will be revealed.

Personally I find there’s already enough information out there to hold evolutionists back and to confirm our position. I see it as a living proof of “I’ll give you intelligence” promise given in Bhagavad Gita.

So, to sum it up – science works, but evolutionists are just not good scientists, they blind themselves to alternative explanations and they got stuck in politics of science.

This is actually an important point – science has long stopped being rational. They still pride themselves on having “peer review” but the reality is that young, budding scientists are held hostage by those scientific journals. Many actually have to pay for the privilege of getting published and break into the community. There’s no question of them of going against the grain, modern science enforces conformity, not search for truth.

Modern science is also very expensive. It might take up to half a million dollars to jump through all the hoops and get a PhD, this needs to be repaid and no one pays people for being rebellious. By the time they are ready to do their own research the idea of doing whatever you want is simply not present anymore.

These are our objections to “scientific” interpretation of fossil finds or molecular biology.

We don’t agree with creationists either but thanks to them there’s a growing body of research that casts serious doubts on evolution, far bigger than whatever our ISKCON scientists can come up with. We are not greedy, if Darwinism will be defeated by Christians so be it, even better for our enormous egos. We’ll be happy to engage those newly liberated people in devotional service all the same.

One comment on “Vanity thought #599. Science. It works, bitches

  1. Pingback: Vanity thought #601. Revisiting “Science. It works” fallacy | back2krishna

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