Scientific and spiritual knowledge are both based on assumptions
, as Shaden said, and these assumptions are constructed, contextual and mutable, along with the theories that arise from them.
An apt metaphor for this, I think, is the exquisite earth hanging in space.
Our assumptions and theories hang 'suspended in space' also.
This is not a bad thing, even though uncomfortable for some; this is the way the universe works, IMO.
Atheism is a philosophical preference
, not a scientific stance
, as metaphysics is not in the purview of science.
Therefore, scientific credentials do not confer upon one any special authority to pronounce upon metaphysical matters, other than to state one's own philosophical preferences. Neither do religious credentials entitle one to pronounce on scientific matters, other than to state one's opinions and preferences, IMO.
As a Nobel prize-winning physicist said:
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. |