According to science, the physical world may be readily explained by understanding
natural physical, biological and chemical processes.
For example, throughout this
semester, we will explain volcanic eruptions and earthquakes with plate tectonics, stress
and strain on rocks, massive melting of rocks, etc. That is, science relies on natural
explanations rather than miracles to explain nature.
At the same time, science simply
CANNOT determine if miracles or other supernatural events exist or not.
cannot prove or disprove the existence of God. Science is also very limited on many other
Science cannot tell us what is right or wrong, beautiful or ugly, or good or evil.
Religion, philosophy, and the arts deal with these crucial questions.
Science is a way of learning about nature, the physical Universe.
It is more than books of
facts. It's a method of exploration that is based on human curiosity.
Unlike some other
areas of learning and knowledge, science frequently changes as new information comes
While religious commandments often stay constant for thousands of years,
scientists' views of the world change over time.
In some cases, monumental scientific
discoveries, especially those from the space program or deep-sea exploration, may cause
scientific ideas to change literally over night.
While Shakespeare is still appreciated after
400 years, scientific literature may become grossly outdated in only a few years.
Art, literature, and music are usually
, which means that they are determined or
appreciated by each individual's feelings and tastes. Subjective views are based on
opinions. For example, one person may like a painting, statue, novel, or a song, while
another individual may dislike them.
Because art and music are subjective, it is very
difficult to define or "measure" what are good or bad art, literature, and music. Artists,