Science's gift to humans is the ability to live twice as long and much healthier. I don't know about you, but that makes me happy.Quote by: B.Lev
Perhaps you are studying the wrong thing. You quote Carl Sagan, but I'm not so sure you have read Carl Sagan. I recommend a book I'm reading and blogging about right now by Carl Sagan, called A Demon-Haunted World. That man had such a love and wonder of science that he just exuded the stuff. For myself, learning something new about the world we live in is about as good as it gets for me. I don't need to invent some better world or some supreme being; I'm happy right here, right now.but I am trying to use that to demonstrate the point that science does not give us the same kind of joy that religious individuals find in their relationship with God, no matter how far it progresses.
That's a false analogy--are you are trying to compare an observation made over 2000 years ago to current science? The fact is that science evolves.You assert that the fact that our science has given results proves something about it is correct. That isn't necessarily true in any meaningful way. I say meaningful because something is true about Ptolemy's astronomy in which the sun moves around the earth - that there is a sun, and the earth, and that there is movement in the sun-earth relationship. However, that is not meaningfully true, because overall we do not know anything more about the universe's real nature after learning Ptolemy's astronomy. It could make extremely accurate predictions, but it was completely false - here I refer you to the ideas of epicycles, a completely incorrect idea.
To quote Carl Sagan, "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."I personally believe that physics, and all of science, has a much more important purpose than simply its application. I think the study of physics is something worthwhile in and of itself, because I believe that the human being has been granted a very special role - by God, by chance, or if the universe is indeed algorithmically compressible, then by necessity. I believe that we are a way, if not the only way (though this latter idea I don't believe), that existence itself comes to self-knowledge. To quote Carl Sagan (for the second time today ), "we are a way for the cosmos to know itself."