padma norbu wrote:
Science is also like magic in that it is a spell which overtakes people and makes them believe without questioning. Then, 10, 20, 50 years later a new breakthrough discovery proves what you've been believing all this time was actually wrong.
Science is not belief. Science is falsifiable and is a myth - an organizing, explanatory story but one that we improve over time. In most cases now the myth is refined (atomic theory) but in most cases in the past the myth was completely overturned (Ptolomy's epicycles, the germ theory of disease) or newly introduced (gravity, evolution). It is an ongoing discussion where the best explanation is actually used (or in some cases, multiple explanations that better fit specific circumstances). And it is confined to the physical world.
We only look for carbon-based life; any life form which was not carbon-based is not recognizable to us, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
No we don't. On planet Earth we know know for certain that there are at least three different life systems: life dependent upon the Sun (before the discovery of ocean vents this was all the life we knew), and two forms of life dependent upon geothermal energy (microbes living in rock a few miles beneath our feet and the marine live clustered around geothermal ocean vents). Then we also have extremophiles found in various extreme conditions (like living in geysers). We knew a little about these when I was a kid but they were basically not explored until recently.
Schrodinger estimated a greater that 99% likelihood of us being basically wrong about the entire universe and everything in it. I agree with that.
Well that's certainly the case.
_________________Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche