Science as a Social Community

I love Science.  The practice of scientific discovery is one of the most fascinating endeavours undertaken by humanity, and has been so throughout history.  But from a sociological perspective I have observed some things about modern-day science culture.  Contemporary Science, as a community of participants, has taken on characteristics similar to religion in that:

a)  It presupposes (with rare exception) the non-existence of God

and

b)  Ultimately relies upon faith that this is so.

Also there’s…

c)  It seems to be the case that if you don’t take part in the scientific community as an Atheist (another kind of faith), you don’t really belong.

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Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 11:50 am  Leave a Comment  
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