You can’t question Science
People are prone to accept without question a ‘scientific’ view, but are Scientists infallible?
Some adverts on TV have people in white lab coats to make it more credible.
What is worrying is that some, or perhaps many people, are willing to totally accept what is said.
I am not saying that we become anti science but I would like to see people have more of an open mind on things.
So I will say it again: Scientists are not infallible.
They can and do get things wrong!
To give just one example of how ‘Science’ changes it’s views:
In the mid and late part of the 20th century a scientist, Dr John Money had a theory that was accepted by virtually all other scientists.
The theory was, that the sex of a baby remained ‘fluid’ until about 2 years old, therefore a baby could be ‘programmed’ by it’s surroundings to be a boy, or a girl.
(This was relating to ‘Intersex’ babies – which have both male and female sexual organs).
This theory quashed other suggestions for many decades.
It is now thought that the sex of a baby is determined in the womb by a small part of the brain. [i]
Areas of science can be in a state of flux
Scientists can declare something as fact, and then years later it is discovered to be false!
Over the years; the rock solid, scientific answers do change!
Sir Karl Popper believes this and it has been written about him:
In his view, science is so valuable because of its open- mindedness, because any of its achievements may at any time be given up and newer achievements may be hoped for to replace the relinquished ones.Science in Flux [ii]
Science, says Popper, is at constant war with itself, and it progresses by revolutions and internal conflicts.”
A new scientific idea comes along, and the old scientific idea is thrown out.
Remember, what a scientist says is not necessarily correct and true.
Even though they sound very convincing, the opinions of scientists do change.
Don’t go beyond what the Bible says
Let’s hold tightly onto what is written in the Bible, which cannot be wrong, but we may interpret it incorrectly!
A few hundred years ago, many Christians believed that the Earth was the centre of the universe, but the Bible doesn’t actually say that.
They had misinterpreted the Bible and science proved that the Earth orbits the sun and that we are in a HUGE universe.
They had gone further than what the Bible is saying.
But also, let’s hold lightly onto what the scientists tell us, because in a few decades they may be proved wrong!
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”Matthew 5:18
References open in a new window:
[i] Thanks to the Horizon Programme BBC2 “The Boy Who Turned Into a Girl” 31/07/03
[ii] Springer Link
[iii] Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution
Scientist image: thanks to Serif RESOURCE CD.