Science is seen as the ultimate arbiter of truth by many today.  According to the popular view, any statement if it is said to be ‘scientific’ or a product of ‘research’ it is automatically held to be true.  A scientific statement trumps any other kind of contrary statement about the real world.

Bill Gates summarizes the modern mindset very well:

 I agree with people like Richard Dawkins that mankind felt the need for creation myths. Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. Now science has filled in some of the realm – not all – that religion used to fill.

Science is ‘smarter’ than religion.  Sadly, this is more of a fashion statement than anything else.  Many make the claim so they can coat-tail on the smartness of science in order to legitimize their own prejudices and lifestyle choices.

Scientists are not gods and the product of their ‘scientific’ labour is not reality or even truth about reality.  Tom Spears tells us that even the great Sir Isaac Newton injected ‘wishful’ thinking into his science about rainbows;

 At Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany, psychologist Roland Fleming studies how we see objects around us.

“The only reason Newton came up with ‘indigo’ is because for occult reasons he believed there must be seven basic colours that come together to make white. It certainly has little to do with physics and a lot more to do with the relationship between perception and language,” Fleming said.

Why the colour indigo is disappearing from Sir Isaac Newton’s ‘occult’ rainbow, Tom Spears, Postmedia News, February 16, 2015

Spears goes on to point out that these kinds of scientific prejudices can be ‘edited out’ of cultural thinking not by science correcting itself  but by a kind of blind luck;

 Then a funny thing happened. Modern portrayals of the rainbow have reduced the number of colours to six.

The multicoloured banner seen at Gay Pride events is a rainbow of sorts. But if you look closely, you’ll see it’s missing a Newtonian colour. Indigo has vanished, leaving three primary and three secondary colours.

The Gay Pride flag eschews indigo in its representation of the rainbow. Just an accident, perhaps. Someone forgot to check a physics textbook before sewing a flag, which isn’t exactly a shocker.

A quick review of Wikipedia on the subject of origin of the ‘Rainbow’ flag of Gay Pride indicates that its inspiration had little to do with the colours of the spectrum.  Which begs the question – what other claims made by the flag bearers of Gay Pride have no real basis in science.

Yet someone might be tempted to triumphantly proclaim; ‘The Rainbow Flag’ is ‘smarter than science’ and ‘science is smarter than religion’, so lets march under this banner finally knowing the real ‘truth’.  Sadly, like Isaac Newton,  we all can get tripped up by our ‘wishful thinking’ .

The real journey to truth is the individual path that every human being must travel through – the terrain of our own minds. Navigating the mire of our wishful thinking, the deep ravines of our fears and phobia’s as well as  the high towers of our prejudices.  Wisdom comes out of this kind of journey; “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:26,27)

Many never bother with this journey.  They prance along a broad and easy road with many companions.  It’s a pleasant journey, very popular with lots of stuff and lots of great banners and flags.  Yet even that road in the end brings your gasping, wrinkled failing body to the threshold of your inner self.

There are no flags waving there. But there is truth.  Truth about life and death.

Pity the person who comes to it without spiritual wisdom.

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