I am reading an article called No Faith in Science.
I will directly deal with the example in the text to prove the headline and also want to add that this is a phenomenon I encounter from most people claiming to be scientific.
A claim by a so called scientific person is quoted in the article and it goes like this:
“I have strep throat, but I have faith that this penicillin will clear it up.”
Even though the statement it is not traditionally religious I claim this is exactly the same behavior as in the other statements by the obviously blind religious in the article. The statement is intense. It is confident. It is a belief that is not based on deeper understanding of the bacteria nor of the immune system nor of the mind and the body and it does not seek more and complete long-term evidence.
The scientific faith of the person above is indeed based on authority and pharmaceutical scripture to support the scientific claims, and most of the world’s scientific believers would reject any other claim without further investigation just because it is an accepted truth and an accepted treatment.
To state it bluntly, such scientific faith involves pretending to know things you actually know you don’t know and at the same time actually ignoring things you actually do know. if you do not believe me then do investigate it or just think about it deeply in introspection/meditation to get another point of view.
Do not go by revelation;
Do not go by tradition;
Do not go by hearsay;
Do not go on the authority of sacred texts;
Do not go on the grounds of pure logic;
Do not go by a view that seems rational;
Do not go by reflecting on mere appearances;
Do not go along with a considered view because you agree with it;
Do not go along on the grounds that the person is competent;
Do not go along because “the recluse is our teacher.”
Kalamas, when you yourselves know: These things are unwholesome, these things are blameworthy; these things are censured by the wise; and when undertaken and observed, these things lead to harm and ill, abandon them…
Kalamas, when you know for yourselves: These are wholesome; these things are not blameworthy; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness, having undertaken them, abide in them.
Because we all know that there are things known by science such as the placebo effect which means faith in our body and our mind or even magic or religious objects actually can activate our body power and help healing faster without any active substances.
At the same time there are facts showing big risks using antibiotics, risks of very dangerous fungi infections and not surprisingly correlation between cancer and antibiotics, even if these scientific reports are normally suddenly changed by the ones who made them. I wonder why? Meditation will give you the answer. I am sure.
Anyway. So most scientists who would investigate things deeper, like real scientists actually should, would at least suspect that eating antibiotics may cause other illnesses. Furthermore. To be healthy and prevent illness it might be good to live healthy and eat healthy.
Some scientists actually do exactly that and give advice on what to eat too. Yes. We know pretty much what to eat and drink to prevent illness. Some of these real scientists actually become independent scientists deciding to give correct advice and give as complete information as they can and include their own speculations. Some of them use alternative methods on themselves too because they feel they work for them and they also see benefits on their friends too. These are the scientists that deserves to call themselves scientists in my opinion.
Now. I do want to add there is a new “new age” industry too with its own blind belief out there. This is actually also an industry. So in the end nobody saves us but ourselves. We are the ones who have to be our own critical scientists with the risk of getting worse or, if we chose wisely, become better.
Finally. Do not feel responsible for people who are determined to ruin their own lives! Just begin to keep your eyes on yourself! Be skeptical, but always positive and constructive! That will hopefully give you a long and happy life that can spread joy and love to all other beings too.
Leader of Intelligent Union
Uniting logical intelligence with emotional intelligence – Because the brain has two halves.