One of the great books of the 20th century was Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It's one of the only philosophy books I read that was worth the time to write, let alone the time to read. All the books on or by Kant, Hume, Nietzsche and others were mind numbing masturbation, in my humble opinion. But ZAMM, it made me think. It made me see the world differently and it made me question and learn to ask questions, much to the dismay of many of my college professors.
One of the conversations in the book, involved ghosts and the authors son asking him if he believed in ghosts:
That thought, really blew my mind, as we liked to say back in those days. I am not sure I agree that the Laws of Nature or Logic are simply inventions in our heads; our naming convention for them is in our head, but the attractions, movements, non-contradictions, etc existed whether we understood them or not. Math is an invention of the human brain. Math is so factual, that we come to believe that anything 'proven' mathematically must be true. But math is just an invention of the mind, it is like a simulation, a virtual reality, not reality.
So as I've travelled through the world, I always stop and ask questions whenever a theologian or scientist says something, which is one reason I am shaking my head at dark matter, it's only a mathematical concept to explain why spiral galaxies don't spin the way our model said they would; it was made up to protect the model. And billions are being spent to find this made up dark matter, obviously, so far, with no success.
Herein lies a problem, though. It is trying to argue against science. I like the scientific method, I loved designing DOE's and doing the statistical analysis. We've cured diseases, built cars, flew planes, and landed on the moon. How do you argue against that? I like mankind moved from every little thing that happens as "God willed it" to understanding atoms, bacteria, gravity, etc. But somewhere we moved from scientists, like Newton, trying to figure out how God designed the universe to generations of scientists who say, there is no God.
You need to separate the act of science and the philosophy of science, or scientism. Which is one reason I am falling in love with the writings of C.S. Lewis.
Most people know Lewis as the author of the Narnia books, which I've never read. Many evangelicals want to cross themselves at the mention of Lewis because he has some doctrinal issues with fundamentalist evangelical dogma, though I've discovered not as many as they think. For example, those who believe Lewis supported evolution are grossly mistaken.
Besides his most popular Christian books, Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters, there are dozens of books and papers on all sorts of topics, including several science fiction books. Unlike Tolkien, Lewis loved allegory: That Hideous Strength is a fiction book but parallels The Abolition of Man. Many of his papers and letters are combined in the book God in the Dock. And recently I picked up a copy of The Magicians Twin, where multiple theologians discuss Lewis's work on science and evolution.
Start with the premise that scientism and magic are very similar. Science and theology are twins; magic and scientism are twins. It may seem contrarian, but think of this: scientific inquiry seeks to discover the why of what we observe. Theology seeks the why of why we are here. They both seek the WHY.
Scientism and magic, on the other hand, seek power; how to change, control the world. How to be God.IN HIS CLASSIC BOOK THE ABOLITION OF MAN (1944), C. S. LEWIS wrote that “the serious magical endeavour and the serious scientific endeavour are twins.”1
Mix in a Swede, and now you are combining the information to the new child from the Japanese line and the Swedish line; but it's not NEW.
(2012-09-01). The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society (p. 27). Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
In other words, you can't logically trust your thinking, your conclusions, as being 'right', but just the results of chemical reactions with no concept of planned, correctness, or accuracy.
Secondly, why would you expect order in the world, in the universe, in a random unplanned world? How many of you believe the big bang was a great explosion, and over a gazillion years matter slammed into each other forming ever bigger and bigger rocks until it formed planets yet can you provide a single example where you can blow up matter and it organize itself in the effect?
Science in the past believed in God and were pursuing understanding the universe God created. Go search for Newton and 'the end times'. He spent years on the topic, and by the way, came up with 2060 as the year. Lewis writes:
(2012-09-01). The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society (p. 21). Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
But what has happened in the world today, another reason scientism and magic are twins, is that our modern society have made scientists the modern day equivalent of the ancient witch doctor, wizard, or magician. Look at several things happening today, let's start with man made global warming, and science says we have it, and if you disagree with it, you are being unscientific. Doesn't matter if you crunch the numbers and see that for 15 years it's actually been cooling, doesn't matter if you show the temps have been rising on the other planets at the same time they were rising here, doesn't matter if you show solar outputs increasing during the times the temps were going up, our government, business, and scientists are saying we are causing the entire solar system to warm up by driving gas powered cars and burning firewood. Think of those poor residents on Titan suffering global warming because some guy on Earth bought a pickup truck.
When government, whom we all know are not the brightest bulbs on the tree, accept scientific advice from the very people who's income derives from government funding, we create a circular logic of the dumb following the dumb; of money influencing science and bad science influencing politics. Scientists can tell you how to abort a child, but are ill equipped to tell you why you should not. And Lewis saw this problem early in the 20th century, the rise of nation states of leaders who thought they were God, used science to justify their actions, and the continual decline of humanity.
(2012-09-01). The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society (p. 30). Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
And where has this thinking of science led us? For 40 years, we've been aborting millions of children a year, because we could. Now we are beginning to euthanize the elderly for financial reasons. And what is the thinking?
(2012-09-01). The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society (p. 36). Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.
(2012-09-01). The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society (p. 48). Discovery Institute Press. Kindle Edition.