On March 27, 2019, Scotty Hendricks posted a piece on Big Think titled: "Atheism is Inconsistent with Science." It is founded on some fundamental opinions from Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser. Dr. Gleiser looks at people living on an "island of knowledge" in the middle of an "ocean of the unknown." As understanding advances, we become more cognizant of what we don't know. The dichotomy of learning is that as it grows and the border between the known and the unfamiliar shifts, you inevitably start to ask inquiries that you couldn't even ask earlier.
Dr. Gleiser makes a fair point about not declaring to know more than you do and the necessity for a bit of unpretentiousness. We should not be too proud of what we know and be open to the idea that we might find something hereafter that changes. Everything isn't without precedent. Distrust of the assertion that "X doesn't exist" is also crucial in history since "X" might show up eventually.
Dr. Gleiser doesn't want to prevent people from pursuing agreeable causes of events. Many histories are founded on this aim to streamline the past and bring things together. But on the other hand, the blank statement that there could ever be a complete recorded historical understanding is fundamentally faulty from a historical standpoint. This idea of finality is just an attempt to turn history into a sacred design.
In the past few years, history has scarcely left the headlines. In particular, there has been a fervent and often heated argument about how we celebrate people and circumstances of the past and about the suitableness of sculptures and monuments inherited from earlier generations. It's a complicated subject, and as stewards of history, it's only fitting that we confront it.
For instance, Columbus's legacy has been critically examined and, in the process, tainted. Growing up as a boy, I was taught that Columbus was an astute adventurer. Today, we are inundated with stories of his shameful exploits. Columbus was no martyr. He was a tragic outcome of his period and his era. But the established theocratic historical society does not wish to poke and provoke events considered "settled." Luckily, there are many willingly and openly challenging the status quo and avoiding the brand of a heretic.
The analysis is not about the definitive answer but the method of discovery. It's what you find along the way that counts and an inquisitiveness that moves the human soul along.
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