Recently, I watched a video on YouTube which touched me because it expressed, more eloquently than I have been able, my feelings about science. What I appreciate most about this video is how its author captures the wonder, the beauty, and enormity of the universe as presented by science - how it captures the awe inspiring joy and satisfaction that scientific knowledge can bring.
Now, I must warn you that the video also juxtaposes a rather biting position on organized religion which men and women of faith may find offensive. Though I myself am not religious, I understand how offensive religious criticisms may be to those who are. That is a shame because it has a tendency to prevent fruitful dialog between religious and non-religious people. Questioning, criticism, doubt, and correction are after all fundamental to science and the scientific process, but ‘taboo’ to religion. Still, I am not sure it is necessary to elevate science and diminish religion both in the same dialog - or vise-versa. For those who value religion and who can’t comprehend people like me, this piece may shed some light. Forgiving those statements about religion which may naturally be offensive, this is generally how I feel about science.