Sunday, November 17, 2013

How science makes world more fascinating and wonderful

Have you ever heard from religious people that we should look at the trees, rocks, birds and the whole nature and tell them that there’s no creator for all this beauty? Have you encountered opinion that science, reason and careful empirical examination of the world around us strips away this beauty?

Have you ever heard from religious people that we should look at the trees, rocks, birds and the whole nature and tell them that there’s no creator for all this beauty? Have you encountered opinion that science, reason and careful empirical examination of the world around us strips away this beauty?

I can’t count the times I have heard this “argument” against science and god and I think it couldn’t be farther from the truth. If someone looks at the trees with absolute ignorance in regards to how they work and finds them beautiful, why person who knows a lot about them cannot do the same?

In fact knowing all the intricate processes going on in every leaf, every branch, every single cell of the large tree, understanding how the chaotic chemical orchestra results in life, growth and all the other properties of the tree we can observe, comprehending how the tree got there and how it evolved via long process of small changes and how its characteristics that the ignorant person finds beautiful developed only adds more beauty and fascination.

An educated person can admire not only the parts of the nature we can perceive by naked eye, but also all its beautiful details that are revealed only by careful investigation and scientific experimentation and evidence gathering.

When an ignorant person looks at a tree, he sees just the “shell” visible to our senses. When an educated person looks at a tree he sees the “shell” as well, but also thinks of the huge amounts of cells, working together to make up a living tree. He also thinks of the hundreds of millions of years of biological development that led to the beautiful object of admiration in front of him: an image hundreds of millions times more beautiful and fascinating than just the outer shell.

Educated persons will know how every cell of every leaf of a tree will break molecules of water to extract an electron so it can be used in the photosynthesis process and the oxygen molecule that breaks away from the hydrogen is then released in the air and later inhaled by us, transported around the body and into our cells, where it accepts a different electron, links with a different hydrogen ion, producing a molecule of water, as the end stage of cellular respiration which provides our cells with energy products it uses for many of biological functions, some of which result in the neural processes of thinking and admiration of this beautiful cycle.

Person admiring with ignorance has no chance of seeing and understanding this immense beauty if they choose to remain blind to many aspects and details of the world they live in. And this shouldn’t be insult to these people. No, I encourage them: find a book, find a documentary, read an encyclopedia, even go to some university courses to educate yourself.

If the blurry shallow picture of nature and world around you is enough to fill you with wonder and amazement, learning about all the intricate details will blow your mind. Science and understanding doesn’t make the world around more boring, that’s just a stupid stereotype repeated again and again by people who don’t understand science and what kind of people many scientists are or were.

Science makes the world a billion times more beautiful because it gives you billion of details interconnected with each other in variety of ways to admire and fill you with wonder. There’s no need to make up things about the world to make it more wondrous.

The world is full of wonderful and amazing things by itself, you just need to open your eyes to it. Science is just a reliable method to examine it in detail with highest accuracy and certainty as possible. And you can go even further, becoming a scientist and searching for new things about the world for others to admire.

There’s no reason why seeing much more of the world you live in would take away its wonder. Admiring from ignorance is like seeing extremely blurry photo of a masterpiece painting with washed out colors. Sure you can find some beauty in the mystery of wondering what the fuzzy shapes might be and trying to interpret them in some way, but you can never appreciate all the details and vibrant colors and seeing how all the bits of painting are interconnected, forming a complex coherent picture that you can admire in all its beauty and complexity for the way it really is, instead of fuzzy blurry guessing of what it might be and what it might mean.

If you really want to admire the world around you and for what it really is, try opening your eyes fully to it, instead of looking through thick distorting glass of ignorance and claims without proper evidence.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your interest to share this information.I like to read this and is very interesting also I like science. Science makes the world a billion times more beautiful because it gives you billion of details interconnected with each other in variety of ways to admire and fill you with wonder.

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