The man of science says, "Cut the stalk, and the apple will fall"; but he says it calmly, as if the one idea really led up to the other....In fairyland we avoid the word "law"; but in the land of science they are singularly fond of it....A law implies that we know the nature of the generalisation and enactment; not merely that we have noticed some of the effects....The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in the fairy books, "charm," "spell," "enchantment." They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery. A tree grows fruit because it is a magic tree. Water runs downhill because it is bewitched. The sun shines because it is bewitched
(GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy)
Most Catholic high schools mandate courses in General Science and Biology, and require either Physics or Chemistry. But not many have thought out why they do this or how these courses integrate with the rest of the curriculum. Too often students float from the “land of science” to the land of man without seeing any bridge between the two.
Are science courses required merely to fulfill a state requirement? Are they to prepare students to become scientists? Or are they a necessary part of developing the “whole person”?
The study of the sciences can and ought to awaken an awareness of the intelligibility of Nature and a profound sense of wonder about its mysteries.
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Reasonable Science, Reasonable Faith, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
First Things - April 2007 – Cardinal Schonborn critiques modern sciences reduction of the study of nature to mechanical causes by highlighting the limitations inherent in the scientific method.
Yet the whole god-of-the-gaps problem turns on two peculiarly modern—and false—ideas. The first is that intelligence can operate only by extrinsic manipulation of preexisting, relatively passive things. But what if intelligence is in some sense “built in” to nature? What if the lawfulness of nature—a fact dismissed by modern minds in favor of “blind necessity”—is the most direct and obvious sign of the intelligence behind and “inside” it? The second is the univocal understanding of the notion of cause and the ambiguous concept of a law of nature. (Link to story)
Hyperphysics – Well-constructed “flow chart” of concepts in physics and chemistry with some exciting videos.
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