The discoveries of science have awed humans since the beginning of human history. The discovery of making fire was unbelievable at the time even though it had been experienced in the wild from lighting striking and causing a fire. The early discoveries may not have been formally thought of as scientific discoveries.
Sometimes the discovery is interpreted as more than just a discovery. Sometimes people attach to the idea of discovery of the scientists having created something. I agree that this appears to be the case in some situations such as the discovery of the telescope. People can get the notion that the telescope was created. The reality is that it was a manufacturing of existing matter into a new relationship of that matter.
If science is discovering things and not creating things, then what are they discovering? They are discovering the underlying “Laws of Nature”. These are the laws by which things naturally operate. Science has become the formalized study of nature with the objective to find the laws of nature that apply,. The realm of science has become too large for a set of experts to understand everything. It has become necessary to break the concept of nature into different fields.
There are many underlying fields but the main fields are physics, chemistry and biology. Physics and chemistry have their own unique laws while biology uses some of the laws of physics and chemistry. Biology has its own unique law besides called evolution. Evolution is more about the connectivity of living matter as opposed to its functionally.
It needs to be remembered that science is the study of the laws of nature. These laws are a given as they are what are functioning currently. We can embrace science because science is describing the laws of nature and not making any claims of where the laws came. Embracing science will not damage whatever you believe regarding where the laws came from. Another thought that you need to think about is, have the laws of nature changed over time? Were the laws different 13.5 billion years ago? We make the assumption that they were the same because that is all we know and that is our framework of knowledge.
Thoughts and comments welcome.
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