Resolution 1580 (2007)/17/cmt/en

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17. Science provides irreplaceable training in intellectual rigour. It seeks not to explain “why things are” but to understand how they work.

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  • science offers irreplaceable training… intellectual rigor -- With this assertion about "irreplaceable" training the Council of Europe overlooks that several intellectually challenging duties exist within for example the field of IT and other sectors, which doesn't with any necessity have to do with science at all in any special way. This assertion brings forward a naive faith in science (scientism) without nuance. (RIL)
  • it seeks not try to explain "why" -- This is not true. The present science with a definition acknowledged by many today describes also why things exist. Everything is claimed to exist only due to chance, time and natural laws, where mutations under the influence of natural selection has given us all the living things. And there it is, an attempt to explain why our biology exists in its current form (lacking all the evidence though). The Council of Europe apparently wasn't capable of making a correct division between faith and knowledge even when they had plenty of time, even using their entire intellectual rigor, in peace and quiet, to formulate their own thoughts into this resolution. (MM/RIL)
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