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Faith and science

What are the gifts that science brings?

Gilson A.C. Waldkoenig: Science offers an organized way to sort evidence and remove false assumptions. It narrows the verifiable knowledge about a particular set of data or evidence, excluding grossly mistaken conclusions that we otherwise might have drawn by unchecked intuitions.

A complex problem, such as a disease, requires persistent reapplication of the scientific method: gathering and testing data about the problem over and over until some clarity about how to address it emerges.

Progress in some matters has shown science is a powerful tool kit.

Nelson Rivera: Science has become a global phenomenon since it is practiced in many places around the world. It touches the lives of billions of people in many ways. Science has been beneficial to humanity by its many practical applications, from improving living conditions, improving health and longevity, and increasing work productivity.

However, it also challenges us in a variety of ways, including physical threats to life (weaponry, pollution, climate change), as well as intellectually and ethically speaking by pushing us to rethink the question about what makes us human.

Contemporary science deals with questions concerning energy sources and consumption, the provision of medical services to vast populations, as it also pushes us to reconsider damages to the environment among other undesirable consequences. Science has become a global experience and therefore has helped create a global culture with its own language, with constant information exchange and analysis, and the search for solutions. All these developments can be said to be far reaching as they cross national, cultural and religious boundaries.


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