We have inhabited a kind of prison on earth. How do we escape from this prison? from our darkness?
Here’s five tips shared from the Cosmos TV series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in the ‘Unafraid of the Dark’ episode.
So, how do we escape from this earth prison? from our ignorance?
Through these 5 simple rules that generations of searchers have taken to heart:
1. Question Authority
No idea is true just because someone says so. Think for yourself.
2 . Question Yourself.
Don’t believe anything just because you want to. Believing something doesn’t make it so.
3. Test ideas by the evidence gained from observation and experiment.
If a favorite idea fails a well-designed test, it was wrong. Get over it.
4. Follow the evidence wherever it leads.
If you have no evidence, reserve judgment.
5. Remember, you could be wrong.
Even the best of scientists have been wrong about somethings. Newton, Einstein, and every other great scientist in history — they all made mistakes. Of course they did. They’re human.
Science is a way to keep from fooling ourselves and each other.
Have scientists known sin. Of course, we’ve misused science just as we have every other tool at our disposal. And that’s why we can’t afford to leave it in the hands of a powerful few. The more science belongs to all of us the more likely it is to not be misused.
Our Imagination Is Nothing Compared To The Awesomeness Of Reality
These values undermine the appeals of fanaticism and ignorance. I want to know what is real. That it’s not just something happening inside my own head. Because it matters what is true. Our imagination is nothing compared to nature’s awesome reality.
It seems that seeking reality, as it is, is our best chance for enlightenment, for a flourishing planet. I’m not convinced that any one person, theory, religion, or method can show us what is real. Perhaps, it will always be beyond reach of our understanding. But we must try, using our best and most reliable methods– or we will stay cramped in our tiny earth prison and forever hunkering, afraid to venture out of our dark.
Question for readers: Do you think objective reality can be known? Or, are we doomed to live in subjective reality, that lives only inside our own heads, our own imaginations? What are the most reliable methods to search for and discover what is real?