Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The scientific way has been so successful that we are in danger of taking it to do more than it does do. To some extent, we have all come to think that the only knowledge worth having is arrived at in a scientific way. But what science does is tell you, in ever greater detail, how things work. It never tells you why they work like that. Why things work the way they do is a matter for religion. If you think there is no particular reason why, you are some sort of atheist. If you think there is a reason, you are (in the broadest possible sense of the term) a theist. The great weakness of our modern Western way of thinking is that we mistake how for why.

- Tom Griffith, Introduction to René Descartes.


Mrnoself said...

Interesting observation. Misaking how for why. I think also that we often miss the experiential aspects of what we do as individuals, groups and segments of society in our ceaseless drive to find and solve problems.

Jose said...

Agreed on that, indeed.