Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
The very beauty of Science is that it is not fixed and unyielding in it's assertions. It may start out thinking something is correct, then as we advance, and get a better understanding, science is quick to change it's official position on things. OK, the earth is NOT flat, update the textbooks, and move on. It's continually challenging itself; it ENCOURAGES the challenging of beliefs. If you have a better explanation, then great. They dont rigidly hold on to beliefs despite contrary evidence and ostracize those who seek to ask for proof.
As far as the why goes, I'm not sure how embracing such a belief system actually provides answers to "Why".
Why are we here on this planet? I don't know. I'm totally cool with not knowing, I dont lose any sleep over it at all.
If I felt the need to fabricate some fairy tale to placate my mind, and say "well, God put us all here", that still would not help me sleep better, because the left side of my brain would fire up and say, "OK, but WHY did God put us here? Why is there a God? If creatures are too complicated to be the result of evolution, and could only be the product of intelligent design, then God must have created us, but then who created God? I mean, after all, if humans are too complicated to result from spontaneous evolution, then surely the entity which created us must be even MORE complicated, so it's even less plausible that he could exist without an intelligent creator, so who created him? And then who created the entity which created God? And so on... And why did all this happen ?
People say they embrace religion because it provides comfort and answers, but to me, it just creates more questions than answers.... I find that more unsettling than comforting.
Please don't assume or overreach on my behalf. I never mentioned religion for a good reason. Trusting doctrine written by my fellow (and fallible) humans is not something I can do. I don't damn anyone else's chosen way of explaining the universe, I just don't trust another person to interpret it for me. Your wise observations on science just reinforce the point that what we "know" is built on sand, transitory and only factual until the next time it's not. It's clear for me that there are a severely limited number of things within my (our collective) ken and everything else is handled some other way by each of us. And no, I don't have any particular vision of "God" nor do I ascribe any particular attributes to him/her/it. It may be that my take on things won't make sense to someone oriented on and trying to explain his world with human verified fact. I'm good with that. We'll all find out the truth later on down the road. Or not.