Science and superstition

FOundations of Logic – Sigurd – Science and Superstition

Superstition is interesting.
I like the definition “A superstition is only a superstition when it is not a superstition”.
That is, that it is only when one believes something to be true, but it isn’t, that it is a superstition.

Science is simple in a very real sense.

It is the willingness to question anything, coupled with a willingness to let reality be the final arbiter in any question.

This approach is directly contrary to all forms of human “authority” – religious, political, cultural, logical, conceptual.

Reality need not obey any particular form of logic in any particular context.

Our best modeling tools of the fine structure of reality (Quantum Mechanics) indicate that at the fine scale reality may not be known with precision.

So our simple notions of True/False, Right/Wrong, etc fail.

Science is eternally at battle with dogma, with accepted truth.

And we all have the reality that we have limited time to make sense of a reality that is complex beyond our ability to know. So by definition, we must all use simplistic approximations, simple models, to make any sense of anything.

The mistakes most make are two fold:
1 is thinking that what they experience as reality is reality, rather than realizing that experiential reality is always a simplified subconsciously created model of reality (whatever reality actually is); and
2 is thinking that Truth is knowable, rather than something usefully approximated in context and eternally unknowable in detail.

Culturally, many different groups of people like to maintain authority by declarative “Truth”. It is true because such and such an authority says it to be so.

I’ve never been very fond of such things – they all seem fundamentally corrupt to me. One finds no shortage of them in all levels of education, industry, politics, law, and anywhere one finds collections of people.

I’m somewhat skeptical, and I acknowledge the need for practical heuristics (things good enough and simple enough to use in practice).

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