Science discovers, once again, that “we don’t know everything.” While this is obvious, it is amazing to consider just how many people believe religion irrelevant and science all-knowing. It is the nature of science to push back the edges of ignorance, so how could anyone think it knows everything? We see it all the time. You will even hear our president declare “Global Warming” to be “settled science.” Of course, he is making a political point, but the thought that scientific knowing is ever “settled” contradicts the very nature of the field.
Brain science was “settled” in the hundred years prior to the 1970s, but experiments demonstrated beyond refutation that “settled science” was wrong, and a revolution ensued. While prior to the 1970s, it was “settled science” that the structure and wiring of the brain is “fixed” (like the circuitry of a calculator) by age 6, but by the mid 1990s, neuroscience had discovered that the brain is “plastic,” changing throughout life. Prior to the ’70s, it was “settled science” that new brain cells cease to be produced after the age of 6. By the mid 1990s, neuroscience had discovered that the brain continues to produce brain cells for as long as we live. And finally, prior to the 1970s, it was considered impossible that mental thought could have any impact on brain physiology; the physiology o9f the brain produced thought, and the brain merely projected what we consider the “mind.” But by the mid 1990s, neuroscience had discovered the truth of the created order: the brain creates new cells, and arranges new circuits and even new regions, as a response to our mental focus, or mental attention, to something.The mind creates the brain, and it continues to do so for as long as we live. Whatever we focus our minds on, our brains re-wire in order to focus on that something more effectively — for as long as we live. Consider Col 3:1-2 in light of this, and you find the apostle Paul speaking brain science, albeit in spiritual terms.
Science limits itself to the natural order, and since God is above the natural order, it is no wonder that God does not get much attention in the day to day work of scientists.
Since there are regions of knowledge that science has yet to discover, who’s to say that God can not exist there, just outside the realm of the self-imposed limitations of science? A discovery of a new part of the solar system set me thinking last year . . .
Click here to read “The Edge of Science,” posted at drrickyount.com 9-8-2014.