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  1. #1 Why pursue science and philosophy? 
    Forum Professor
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    Apr 2007
    In the circuitous haze of my mind
    Many people ask this question contrasted to pursuing other careers.

    My affirmative for pursuing both-Everything in life but science and philosophy has limits. If you want to become a world class runner, you know you can only run so fast eventually. Your body will reach a known limit that cannot be naturally superseded in your life time. If you want to become an actor, you are limited to perfect replication of your target character. If you want to become a great composer, there is limit to how mathematically it ideally corresponds with our minds. No matter what you choose to do, there are limits. But, with science, your objective is to define those limits. You are not a mere follow of natures limits-you make natures limits, and choose whether you want to reach them or not. Science has the potential to create new dimensions, send us to other galaxies, and completely redefine every string of thought that we use to interpret all around us. Science, is the work of limitlessness, with philosophy by its side.

    Science and philosophy due to their lack of limit also defy a particular of human nature-the equilibrium. Herman Melville stated in Moby Dick, that without continuous contrast, whatever you are feeling will eventually equalize out, leaving no feeling at all, unless you continue to climb higher. With everything else, you either know that people are superior to you in every way, or you are one of the superior people who can reach no higher. With philosophy, it is hard if not impossible to compare some of your high level thoughts to those of others. Though, you know that they are the highest that you can currently reach due to the number of questions you are currently capable of asking. With this, you are always at the limit of philosophy, yet can always break that limit. This prevents philosophy from ever becoming boring and unemotional. As for science, you may not be the best in any category of science but you can still follow it at the same rate as the leading scientists; you would not be the one personally putting the time into discovering new things, but to your mind it seems as if you are since you at least have the motivation to seek out this information and put the time into understanding it.

    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

    "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence"


    Use your computing strength for science!
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    Time Lord
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    Apr 2008
    I had a great grand uncle who followed science and philosophy just for the betterment of his own mind. He's listed on the family tree, with a note: "Great Thinker". Didn't have any children though, and didn't produce anything lasting, so I can't say much else. Oh well, he died, that note is all that's left.

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