Is science a religion?

Here be word definitions from Oxford Online Dicitonary:

Science: ‘the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment’

Theory: ‘a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something, especially one based on general principles independent of the thing to be explained’

Hypothesis: ‘a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation’

Faith: ‘complete trust or confidence in someone or something’

Belief: ‘an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof’

Worship: ‘great admiration or devotion shown towards a person or principle’

Religion: ‘a particular system of faith and worship’

Ritual: ‘a series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone’

In order for scientific theory to be proven as fact, scientists start with hypotheses. Even though a hypothesis is just an idea, not proven, a product of imagination, they have faith in their hypotheses. If they did not believe in the possibility of proving their veracity, they would not embark on the journey of proof. Scientists have great admiration for their hypotheses and theories, and for each other. They have a system of beliefs about how to conduct scientific endeavours, including the rituals of experiment: a series of repeated action, replicated exactly to the smallest detail.

Ergo: I don’t see much of a difference between science and religion.

I don’t have a problem with that. I just wish they’d wise up.


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