And their contradictions

May 27th 2017
A scientist will tell you that only those things which can be observed, calculated, measured, weighed, compared, and classified are real and credible. All the rest is of dubious interest and should be ignored, they say. Very well, but this severely limits the scope of their consciousness, since two-thirds (for the sake of argument, let us say two-thirds) of the life of a human being is taken up by activities which cannot be weighed or measured. Yes, two-thirds of our time is spent living: nothing more. And if such a life merits no attention and is of no interest, one wonders why a scientist goes on living. Just like other people, they breathe, eat, drink, sleep, and walk; they have thoughts, feelings, sensations, and desires; they meet other people who they like or dislike – they sometimes even hug them – and they do all of this without wondering whether they are doing it scientifically. How can they bear to live a life which is unscientific? They should refuse! Of course it’s much better to continue living. But they should take all these manifestations of life seriously, even though, for the time-being, they escape their scientific investigations.