Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Napa Valley Register of Napa, California, one of the premier wine regions in the world, and home of Napa State Asylum for the Insane (now called Napa State Hospital). The letter is titled Science is fallible man-made product. The newspaper has a comments section.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Bob. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
… Mr. Hunter appears to disregard the fact that laws of physics, science and mathematics are all made and contrived by “Man.” And Man is inherently fallible.
Bob is referring to this earlier letter, No need of that hypothesis, which he doesn’t like at all. He says:
They [the laws of physics] are at best based upon a “best guess” approach which is based upon the current knowledge and understanding of the so-called evidence at the time. In other words, it is a belief system subscribed to by a society of “mass-delusional” believers that changes as the wind blows.
Bob says that you’re a mass-delusional believer, dear reader. Are you? Let’s read on:
Let me refine this observation somewhat. Science “believes” there are black holes in the universe. They cannot be seen nor can they be touched. They merely “exist” because physics, science, math, and scientists say so! No actual available, tangible proof one can see or touch, mind you. Sort of sounds religiously familiar doesn’t it?
Well, dear reader — have you ever seen or touched a black hole? Bob continues:
Or how about Pluto? Designated a planet for decades and taught in science classes as the ninth planet of our solar system. Then along comes science and POOF — Pluto is now designated a “giant ice cube” and NOT our ninth planet.
Yeah — what about Pluto? Here’s more:
My point is, just about any time someone wants to make a claim that “This is, or can be, proven by science,” as politicians and scientists etc. so readily state, in reality it is a best guess. Science, physics and mathematics are contrived by Man, based upon a belief system of ever changing understanding, dimensions and scope, and therefore inherently fallible. Nothing in science is absolute.
Admit it, dear reader — all the science you so gullibly believe is just a best guess. You’re feeling pretty stupid now, aren’t you? Moving along:
There is one major difference however between science and a religious belief: Science is ever changing. The religious belief does not change over time or as the wind blows. Belief in God by those who subscribe remains unchanged. So let the debate continue.
Bob’s got a great point! And now we come to the end of his letter:
Ultimately when we all pass on to that “Giant Ice Cube” in the sky, the debate will be solved and the answer will be at hand! And science will have nothing to do with it.
Bob is right! Forget about science. The only way to really know anything is to die. Great letter!
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