Re: Science Truth ?

Yak Wax (
Wed, 29 Apr 1998 13:28:58 -0700 (PDT)

Ian Goddard wrote:

> IAN: If science seeks knowledge, does
> science seek true or false knowledge?

As I explained knowledge is neither defined as true or false, the only
attribute of knowledge is that it produces more knowledge and/or
information. For instance, creationism is not knowledge since it does
not create any new knowledge or information (it nicely snuffs it) and
it is neither provably true nor false. Science uses an evolutionary
model because it creates new knowledge/information (and therefore is
knowledge) and it is neither provably true nor false. The fact that
evolutionary theory works does not make it true, and certainly does
not make creationist theory false.

[BTW, I doubt Creationism has no grounding as science. We will soon
be creating life, consciousness, worlds and maybe even new
"universes." If we have the power to do this, what are the chances
that we are not the creation of another intelligence? (That question
will become even more profound when our artificial universes start
building artificial universes of their own). It's even possible an
inferior intelligence set the algorithm running that in turn created
us. I would even argue it's possible that we were created the other
day (or next week) and yet we cannot know. But could we ever
communicate with our creator? Again, it's a possibility. Of course,
this is far from worshipping God as our one true saviour (but even
then, I'm sure an egotistical super intelligence will create a world
where his worship *is* the only salvation - it could be the next big
thing in posthuman entertainment).]

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