Welcome to episode 13 of The Better Self Show! Today we are going to talk about Philosophy vs Science and how to apply these topics into daily life.
First I want to be clear with you. The title of the episode may be a bit of a clickbait because it is not about the long time debate of philosophy vs science but more about what we can learn and how these topics affect us into daily life.
In order to understand this episode you may want a refresh on the definition of philosophy. The word comes from the greek, philo which means love and sophia which means wisdom. So philosophy can be defined by the love for knowledge. And you may guess by now that in some way or another we all love knowledge! So in essence are we all philosophers? Maybe we can talk about this in another episode if you wish, just contact me if you would like to learn more about it.
But we are not here to talk about what does philosophy, science or mathematics mean… Or if philosophy came before science and all that stuff…
I want to bring you a reflection on the struggle that we live everyday between the philosophical part of life and the scientific one.
Philosophy wants to question and answer long time thoughts that concern to all beings like what is the meaning of life, does God exist, or what is the purpose of life.
On the other hand, science can prove with data, facts and statistics that can be ‘certain’ about different life situations specially related to the physical world.
The need for ‘real’ facts or truths
I believe that nowadays in society you may often find yourself looking for real facts, or absolute truths about life, and that is great! But don’t forget about the free thinking and questioning that philosophy allow us to do even questioning things that have been ‘proven’ scientifically.
From the previous episode, thanks to the power of imagination we saw how things can be ‘real’ for our bodies even if they are not scientifically proven or are not present in the physical world.
When talking about life there are many things that are abstract and hard to prove… how can you prove life? imagination? feelings? life purpose? Relations?
For some strange reason I feel that there is a need in life to have certainties about the world. And not just certainties but the truth about life. We want facts and we want the truth! And my friend… the truth is a topic that has been studied for a long time in philosophy and I believe it is quite difficult to get universal truths in life.
You can say that there are absolute truths in life. In my experience, most of them come from mathematics and even science. 1+1=2 may be truth in all places of earth… or the sum of the angles of a triangle is always 180º.
But the truth within ourselves is a little harder to find.
Freedom of speech and Galileo Galilei
There is a very famous philosopher that you may know if you ever heard about utilitarianism or utilitarian ethics called John Stuart Mill. He wrote a book called On Liberty in which he talked about the issue of freedom of speech. On the top of my mind I remember he said that we should hear all opinions even if a person is totally wrong because truths or beliefs can change with time.
In science there have been statements considered to be true for many years that turned out to be wrong. In Galileo Galilei’s time there was the belief that the sun revolved around the earth and that was the truth in that time. He proved that it was the other way around, that the earth revolved around the sun and he ended up being condemned to die.
Science can prove things that later in life might be contradicted. Everything can change.
So be careful with ‘absolute’ truths, especially about life experiences.
Truth in daily life
On daily life you may get into an argument with someone and each of you may fight for your version of the truth. You may feel that what you are saying is the truth and that the other person is wrong… and at the end both of you may even be right!
An argument may fit better one person than the other, and it’s hard to find the absolute truth because each own has its own truth.
This need to be right may come from the ego and the ego is not the greatest source of knowledge. Just because you wanna be right or you think you have the truth… in the end you may be wrong!
Why science vs philosophy
We live in a time with lots of information. Tv, youtube, books, social media, random articles, podcasts… and you may believe things are right because an argument is convincing or you heard it from a ‘credible’ source without thinking about it.
What I advise here is to be a little more ‘Socratic’ here. To seize these opportunities to train your brain muscle, to question things. Not because you hear something in the news, or in the podcast you should believe it right away!
Like I say in the introduction of every episode. Make up your own mind about things and choose what you want to believe and fits your values and beliefs.
In daily life you are gonna see a lot of conversations about different points of view and its hard to find that fact that proves something right and makes it absolutely true. There is truth for each of the persons in this world.
In life it may be hard to know who you are and what are your truths. In the end you can choose to be whoever you wanna be.
Who you really are? What is the truth for you?
There are no facts of who you are. You can be one person today and different some years later.
Anything can change and you are the leader of your life.
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