Friday, 2 April 2010
What's Good about Good Friday?
It's Easter Good Friday today. A time to reflect on the difference between religion and science. But are they so different? Both are dogmatic about an epistemological framework that puts a priori evidence (either the Bible, or accumulated knowledge) ahead of reasoning, and direct experience. And yet the contemplative tradition in all the major religions emphasises personal experience as the most direct path to knowing. We can't know or not know until we have the direct empirical evidence for ourselves. Isn't that just good science? Todays metaphysics may be tomorrows physics.