Does SCIENCE = TRUTH?
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Episode 2: Does SCIENCE = TRUTH? |(Nietzsche’s Critique of Scientific Positivism)
Written & Directed by: Jared Bauer
Narrator: Nathan Lowe
Animation Producer: MB X. McClain
Original Music & Sound by: David Krystal (http://www.davidkrystalmusic.com)
Academic Consultant: Mia Wood
Producer & Additional Artwork by: Jacob S. Salamon
Does SCIENCE = TRUTH?
(Nietzsche + Mega Man)
Science. Perhaps man’s greatest tool in understanding how the world works.
But does it lead us to truth?
German philosopher Freiderich Neitzsche was an avid science enthusiast, but he also recognized its limitations.
See, science touts the ability to “explain” the world, when according to Nietzsche, it can only “describe” it.
For example, science might attempt to explain WHY fire burns by saying it’s an exothermic combination of a combustible material with oxygen. That certainly describes “HOW” fire burns, but it doesn’t address “why?” As in- why does fire exist the way that it does?
Although science has allowed us to describe the world in greater detail, we’re still completely clueless as to the meaning behind it all.
As the philosopher who famously said “God is dead,” it’s obvious that he isn’t criticizing science in favor of religion.
But he recognizes this dilemma- Religion attempts to answer the question of meaning, but the achievements of science have cast doubt on such beliefs.
Science may try to fill this void of meaning, but it can’t. Because as Nietzsche said “science… has no consideration for ultimate purposes.”
People don’t recognize this limitation, and instead worship science as a kind of new religion, an objective value for a godless age.
Just turn on the television and you’ll see how science has become evangelized.
Nietzsche dares us to take a step further- to not only think critically of religion, but to think critically of knowledge itself. For worshipping knowledge for knowledge’s sake can lead to dangerous results.
As he said:” Man shouldn’t be the servant of knowledge. Knowledge should be the servant of man.”