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September 24, 2013

Science, strictly speaking, explains everything but creativity.

Not only that, but in its reductionist mania, it generally attempts to explain the creative via the uncreative, the intelligent via the mindless, freedom via necessity, and the living via the lifeless. It just waves a magic wand over the ontological discontinuities and pretends this is an explanation.
I noticed this yesterday while thumbing through a recent Scientific American in the orthopedist's office. No matter what subject they touched -- the Big Bang, the origin of life, the intersection of ideology and science -- every author had the same adolescent tone of smug superiority to go along with their dull absence of style and their one-dimensional shallowness of thought. The magazine seems to exert a heavy editorial hand that banishes seriousness of thought; or that affirms a frivolous certainty. One Cʘsmos: Socialism Would Be Easy If Not for Fucking <i>Creativity</i>

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 24, 2013 11:59 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It doesn't explain ethics, either. There are a lot of things science doesn't explain, and they're called "metaphysics."

Science is a tool, like a hammer or a screwdriver. Its great at what its designed and meant to be used for. Its lousy at anything else. People treat science like the unifying truth of the universe when its only for physical, measurable phenomena. It cannot measure truth or quantify love, because its not meant to.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 24, 2013 1:13 PM

SciAm has gone to the dogs supporting big government and global warming. The latest issue is critical of the IPCC, basically for not being more aggressive and effective at keeping the deniers at bay. Nary a word about the "inconvenient truths" the IPCC is trying to decide whether to obfuscate or denigrate. What a joke that rag has become.

Posted by: Ray Van Dune at September 24, 2013 5:02 PM

Art, then Religion, then Science then..... Stages on life's way. Art asks who am I? It is an outward directed question. Religion posits the answer in an absolute other and Science follows suit. We won't get to Heaven, but we will, in the sweet by and by, write the Grand Unifying Theory. Religion is the bastard child of Art and Science is the bastard child of Science.

Posted by: John Hinds at September 25, 2013 5:30 AM

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