Galileo, Axioms and why Science CAN be more dogmatic than Religion!

What people most of the times forget, is that science is always based on axioms. These axioms are “truths” we SELECT to be true and can change at will whenever we like! However after using an axiom for too much time, we tend to forget that we even used it in the first place and start having FAITH in the trueness of our scientific theories despite its not-so-solid foundations. It took science 2,000 years to see that the 5th axiom of Euclid can change! Is that not dogmatic? Are not 2,000 enough for such a characterization? If not, then why do some people say church is dogmatic? After all, it took her only 400 years to publicly forgive Galileo (whose case is not so simple and black-and-white as many think – see Religion and Science Unification for more details)…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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