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For certain values of "comprehensive."

Science describes the world as it appears to everyone who bothers looking. That is its great virtue, and what makes it such a powerful tool.

Of necessity, however, it means that science cannot answer - and will indeed never be able to answer - questions that have different answers depending on your subjective taste, your unique life experience or your particular cultural baggage. If you move into that, you are leaving the realm of science and entering into the realm of metaphysics, taste, ideology, theology, ethics, political economy or any of a host of other diciplines.

(Most of) these disciplines are both interesting and relevant. But they are not science.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Jun 4th, 2009 at 04:12:24 AM EST
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