The intrinsic value that science adds to human’s lives can not be objectively measured but no one can doubt that science has made life as a human much easier over the course of our history as a species. What is science one might ask, and though science is basic and all humans practice it, the answer to that question is both simple and complex. Einstein defines science in his famous essay “Science and Religion” as “the century-old endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought
the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thorough-going an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at the posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization” (Einstein 47). Einstein, as per usual, sums up the phenomenon succinctly although one can find fault with his mention of science being a “century old endeavour” (Einstein), because all humans engage in science sometime in their life. This usually occurs as small children and is often times called playing but many times a child is testing the world, seeing how things work. This process of testing one’s ideas about the world is as intrinsic to human development and human civilization that there is only one other segment of human life that is as fundamental to us, religion.
Religion in the broadest sense possible is one of the most fundamental ideas a human will carry with them throughout their life. One’s beliefs or non-beliefs regarding religion will fundamentally shape their life and how they interact with others. The Author Pico Iyer writes in his article “Maximum India”
“Philosophy is ceaseless along the Ganges, and usually causeless. Holy men sat on the ground under umbrellas, chanting and smearing paste and ash on their foreheads. "These sadhus, they like very much to live with cremation. They don't wear clothes as we do. They don't do anything like people who are living in the material world.” (Iyer 3)
The portrait Pico paints us is one wholly unlike what most Americans think of when they imagine religious officials. These men are so shaped by their religiosity that they look and act nothing like what a society deems normal. While these sadhus are an extreme of a particular religious temperament they showcase how fundamentally effective religious thoughts can be at shaping one’s opinions and ideas. The smearing of ash on the face and the nudity that characterizes these sadhus is interesting because none of the actions come from logical thought processes or what is often called the scientific method, and yet their actions bring meaning and fulfillment to their lives.
Science and religion need each other to perform both their independent tasks optimally. Science without religion can be likened to a ship without a rudder, the boat will move, but probably not in the direction one would like it to go. Likewise religion without science is much like a car without wheels, yes its a temporary shelter, and inside it might feel good, but it cannot advance you...