Science and meaning

“We need to reform our thinking about science. And we need to do it in a global way, by tackling on a large scale our conception of what kind of world we live in and what is our human role in it. Western civilization has lost sight of any unified goal, except perhaps the superficial goals of pleasure, prosperity, and tolerance. We have lost our way as a civilization, and the uni­versities have become multi-versities with no center. The grade schools are lit­tle better. The atmosphere says, ‘Work on these apparently meaningless assignments now, so that you will be able to go to college, get a good job, and live the American dream of a large home with two cars and a plasma screen TV.’ The malaise about science and its meaning is only part of a larger malaise of meaninglessness engulfing us.” (Vern S. Poythress, Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach, p. 12)

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