Strictly speaking, this is just a working hypothesis.For such metaphysical causes as God, devil, angel, miracles, spirits, and the like are outside the scope of science, and the reference to them would choke off any further research. The claim that the moon is being pushed on its path by Englein may cause questions to be silenced for some, but it cannot be dismissed as 5000 equally fantastic alternatives.
That is why the scientific world has committed itself to a so-called “methodological naturalism or materialism” (which also has other names), that is, one researches as if materialism were true.
Whether materialism is really true, however, is another matter.That would be metaphysical materialism. The fact that physical laws apply and enable reliable predictions, as in the construction of aircraft and atomic bombs, is by no means proof of this. A world in which physical laws apply can very well be created by a God or guided by mysterious forces.
As far as science is concerned, the following can be said: science is carried out by people who, beyond their work and the working hypotheses applied therein, need a complete idea of the world, i.e. one that is not is only hypothetical.It must be sustainable. Because our decisions in life are not hypothetical, but often final. In other words, people cannot live well on the basis of hypotheses, but they also need beliefs.Constantly operating in a hypothetical view of the world and having something completely different outside with convictions 鈥?this overwhelms most scientists, and so the hypothesis of persuasion is dashed.
But the majority of scientists are not even aware of the subtle difference between methodological and metaphysical materialism, either because of poor training or because of a lack of genetic equipment of their own, that is, they consider materialism to be unseen.That is at least the ideological standard among scientists. One no longer researches as if materialism is true, but one believes that it is true without ever considering an alternative.And it is precisely in this sense that such scientists explain the world to the layman, write textbooks and teach pupils.
In the process, materialism bangs at all corners and ends.Materialism has insoluble problems with a variety of issues. I mention only the origin of life, evolution, perception, consciousness, purpose and purpose in nature, aspiration and intention, and much more. Man, i.e. also the subject of the researcher, with all that makes him a human being, is the uncrackable nut of materialism.
The exclusion of metaphysical causes is therefore, on the one hand, a sensible methodological principle in science, but it has generally hardened to a belief and has thus led to stupidity.Some even believe that science has refuted metaphysical causes, which is the pinnacle of nonsense.