Why is science at high value? Science is like the modern spirituality, value system:
Demagification (disenchantment take away meaning from life and meaning from science)
The driving force behind the rationalization of the world; what does it mean that the world is
becoming more rationalized. It doesn’t mean that we have more knowledge of the world we live
Attitude that we have: there are no mysteries, no magic in the world; everything happens for a
reason even though we don’t know all the answer. In principle it can’t just happen, there is an
If you have this attitude towards the world, you see that religion is the highest source of value.
You want to remove mystery from the world and replace it with reason. Religion gives us
If this is our highest value, does science do the job of removing magic and enchantment, like
Science cannot do the job. In a world where science has the highest value, is a world with no
meaning. Why? Science is a continuum of Q and A, problem and solution.
In the scientific world, it is impossible to die in contempt. We die knowing that there will be
something that we could have possibly imagined and it probably will be good, better, interesting
(beyond the technical: relationships between people, for example)
Ancient Greeks – finding out mathematical answers was like a religion; they formed cults to
Weber: Early laboratories – exploring god’s truth in nature; get into the divine structure of nature
Whoever says that is childish; problem: science cannot tell you the right way to live. It
tells you a lot of things but can’t tell you if something is worth living, if its good or bad,
what’s beautiful or not, are bombs good or bad
-Science can tell you how to implement knowledge. It is in a way a consequence, nihilism:
nihil – Latin for nothing nothing-ism, in the end you believe in nothing valuable; no such
thing that is compelling; nothing in the world worth caring about at all
we lack an ultimate final standard that we use to judge what is the best/highest. We care
about a lot but we can’t decide which among them is most important.
-Science is held on a pedestal; science is how you know about things. If the thing that
knows everything can’t tell you about life equates to nothingness.
-Our highest value system cannot decipher what is good/bad – clash of god’s (god of
politics, religion, art, etc). we have no way to decide about what we should care about