Not all science is chemistry. Not all experiments have to do with mixing chemicals. None of these experiments have anything to do with chemicals on any level that I can talk about or understand, and none of them were designed to have anything to do with using or mixing chemicals or needing to use them at all. Only people. Try looking at the web site, read a little bit, and think about what the folks are saying.
The experiments are pretty simple to try, once you read them over a few times, especially the one about watching people. Show it to a friend and talk it over and see what you can figure out between the two of you if you have trouble. No chemistry, though. I don't get chemistry myself.
Sincerely yours, BobK.
I mean our minds (how i see it) determaines what is and what isn't by using religon and science.. Am I correct on this?
I'm not sure I can say, Zach. Most folks think that science is a tool for figuring out how things and people work. I think that's probably true. It's a pretty good tool for certain kinds of things, just like a hammer is a good tool for certain kinds of things. In science there's always been a question about what kind of things science is a good tool for. A hammer is good for pounding nails and pulling nails, not very good for carving wood.
Scientists will tell you that science is better at what scientists call "hard" science, like psysics and chemistry, where you can make theories with math and test them with math and use experiments to check out whether all the details go where they're supposed to go. The more difficult it is to form a theory and test it mathematically and then confirm your predictions with experiments in the real world, the harder it is to use science as a tool to investigate the subject. Sometimes people only investigate the parts of a subject that can be tested with science, and pretend that they can understand the whole subject that way. For many years people tried to study psychology that way, and they learned a lot by doing it. Some of us think, though, that they only investigated the part of psychology that you can use mathematics to talk about and skipped the rest because it was took odd to be talked about in mathematics. We really don't know for sure. It's the same with sociology and with many other studies.
Science only covers part of the ground.
Originally, I thing everything started with religion. People didn't understand much, and they put gods in charge of everything they didn't know, so they could control things by buttering up the gods with worship.
As religion got more sophisticated, certain real mysteries in the way the world worked came to cluster at the center of the subject. What's death? What's right? Why is that right? How should I live my life?
After a while, religion seemed to split into two separate streams, one was religion, the other was philosophy. The two streams, I suspect never entirely did come apart, so they will often study the same sorts of things, but while science looks at the world from the point of view of matter, of the outside of things, and then works its way inward, religion and philosophy tend to look at things from the inside and tend to work their way out.
If you were going to look at things historically, I suspect you see the study of Religion first, then the Study of philosophy branching off from that, and then the study of the sciences branching one by one off the study of philosophy...
So the answer to your question, as I understand it, is that you need not simply religion and science, but philosophy as well. And then you need patience for all the times when you're going to feel that they should all go for a vacation together someplace and get their silly stories straight, because they fight amongst themselves something terrible, and they allow biting and eye-gouging and hair-pulling and everything. As far as self respecting areas of knowledge go, they all ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Unfortunately, they all have a piece of it right, and it's our job to try and figure it out, at least for now, until the next time they take off the gloves and go at it again.
And that's what I think.