Science and Belief
September 1, 2012
Although science and belief seem vastly different, there is truly a fine line separating the two. Why would anyone pursue science without belief? How can you have sound belief about anything unless you question it first and make a choice to either believe it or not?
Science and its study have key ingredients that create a sound, conclusion. First, you have to create a hypothesis or have an educated guess about what you believe your outcome will be. You then need to create parameters to observe and improve clarity without hindering your findings with to many variables. You create evidence, formulate a theory, get your study reviewed by peers and then it’s either accepted as a scientific fact or you fail to explain or predict the outcome you believed.
Having a belief is similar in that a belief exists, you observe it, there’s hopefully some tangible evidence that backs the belief or, in many cases, even if you have something that looks evidential, it’s distorted, ignored, or contradicted by other’s beliefs or sometimes by science. Even so, you may still believe it.
Bottom line, both pursue ideas and knowledge, they just use different methodologies to get to a conclusion. Science is based on reason whereas belief is more based in faith. The fine line for me is the theory of knowledge that asserts an empirical idea coming from sensory experience or perception. In other words your experiences and common sense can far outweigh the need for scientific proof.
Some things work and you can create scientific proof as to “why and how” it works.
Some things don’t need science to prove why or how it works.
For example, if you let 100 skilled parachute jumpers jump out of a plane but only 70 had perfectly packed parachutes, how many of them do you think will land on the ground and live? There’s no scientific study that can prove 70 people will live because they have chutes on and 30 will die out of shear stupidity - but odds are in favor of the folks with chutes on. There’s no scientific proof that if you smoke cigarettes you will die of lung cancer. Some people smoke everyday for 60 years and live to 80. Some people smoke for 30 years and die at 55.
Variables are a bitch, and when it comes to actual human beings and the study of aging and longevity, it’s hard to create a study to determine what will actually help you live longer or better. Think about it. You can’t live one way for 50 years doing all the right things and then rewind your life and try doing it a different way. You get one chance to determine how you want to live your life, you develop beliefs as to what you think are good choices and… you live. If you feel great daily, keep doing what you perceive is keeping you feeling that way. You don’t need science to prove you feel great.
So again, science and belief. Why am I on this subject at 9am on a Saturday morning? I have no idea. Perhaps it’s because I watched the Republican’s this past week share their views and beliefs of what our country needs. Although I know that there’s something called “political science” and many of them obviously study government, politics, and the states of our country, it all sounds more like beliefs, not science to me.
There was debate on the Affordable Care Act currently in place by Obama. I can’t say I have an opinion about the bill or the act but what I can say is I pay way to freaking much for health insurance, I am stunned as to the quantity of people who simply can’t afford it, and for whatever reason, I’ve taken it upon myself to help give people self-care options to at the very least back up their odds of staying out of the care of doctors in the first place.
I don’t think it will matter who is our president, I don’t think people can afford good health insurance because the cost of it is out of reach and out of control. And I also don’t believe the medical field has a clue as to how to keep us healthy in a natural way.
I don’t have a scientific study on my methods of self-care just yet. But I do have 25 years of empirical study, tens of thousands of people who have tried my method to great success, and know in my own body that I can keep myself out of pain yet sustain an active, healthy lifestyle. I can’t guarantee or scientifically prove anyone, including myself will live longer but if science is doing what it claims it’s doing, we are statistically living longer as a society – yet we are hardly living better longer.
“Long term assisted living” is a new term. People need assistance far longer in recent years than in any other time in history. Partly because we are living longer but mostly because we aren’t living better longer. There are more people over 50 using a minimum of 3 prescription medications (high blood pressure, cholesterol, antidepressants/anti-inflammatories) than at any other time in history. Again, medicine is helping us live longer but we need things to help us live better longer.
I believe I know how to do that. I’ve studied human science long enough to understand the missing links of good health. So if you want to live longer better, you can either develop strong beliefs that you can or you can wait for science to prove that medicine will keep you alive but whether or not you feel good is based on… well, your perception and sensory experience. That sounds a lot like belief and when you are in pain, who gives a crap about science proving you are in it?
I don’t think being a Republican, Democrat, or Liberal makes a difference as to whether or not you are going to have a long life or determine your health. I guess the thought of the day is not beliefs, nor science keeps you healthy. It’s personal action, perception, and experience that make you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt what makes you feel good. I’m going to MELT and then I’m off for a blade down the west side of NYC. I already feel better.