March 14, 2018

Science Has Not Undermined Beauty

Some Christians (and probably some other religious believers) seem to fear that science will undermine our appreciation of beauty. They worry that scientific knowledge will somehow diminish the feelings of awe or wonder we experience in response to the world around us. It is almost as if they want to continue living in a world of magic and are troubled by the possibility that science will dis-enchant this world, ruining it for them in much the same the way learning that Santa Claus isn't real might ruin Christmas for some.

I don't know about you, but my experience has been the opposite. If anything, science has enhanced my experience of beauty, awe, and wonder. The more I have learned about the world around us and how it works, the more I have come to appreciate it. In no way has science reduced these feelings. How about you?