A Future Life?; A Critical Inquiry Into The Scientific Value Of The Alleged Evidences That Man's…

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bySingleton Waters Davis

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. THE QUESTION OF FUTURE LIFE FROM THE SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT. § 76.--INTRODUCTORY--THE STATUS OP SCIENCE. IS SCIENCE competent to give a final and conclusive answer to the question of a future life? Have scientists discovered laws of nature that establish either the certainty or the possibility, on the one hand, or the nonexistence or the impossibility, on the the other hand, of a continuance or a revival of the conscious personality after the death and disintegration of the human body? Have they discovered any facts that indicate even the probability or the improbability of a future life? Theologians often assert that "our boasted science" is at best no more reliable than "faith," because much that was accepted as scientific truth yesterday is rejected by the scientists themselves today, and that probably much that is accepted today will be rejected tomorrow. To this I reply: There are several factors of what is popularly considered to be science. 1. Certain hypotheses--generalizations accepted tentatively; 2. Certain speculative theories--mixtures of conceptions of what is and personal opinion of what ought to be; 3. Certain principles or laws of nature which have been obtained by inductive reasoning from all the related facts that observation and experimentation have ever afforded, and which harmonize or correlate so completely as to appear indispensable to the present order of nature. It is the 1st and 2nd phases of science that change from time to time as new facts are discovered; but strictly speaking these two so-called factors of science are not science at all, but belief--faith-- as science is knowledge; so that it is not our science (3) which changes and is unreliable, but our belief--"faith." Hypotheses and theories, belief and faith, ar...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X. THE QUESTION OF FUTURE LIFE FROM THE SCIENTIFIC STANDPOINT. § 76.--INTRODUCTORY--THE STATUS OP SCIENCE. IS SCIENCE compete...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021766573X

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