Jul 292006
 

Don’t scientists study ontology anymore? Did they ever?

Sal made a comment that I’ve been thinking about for some time, but I don’t know how to make it into a post. So I think I will just throw it out and see what kind of feedback I would get from this obscure blog. First here is what Sal wrote.

Then I realized, well, gravity can’t be seen directly either, neither magnetic fields.

The study of physics has been bothering me for quite a long time. Honestly, I’ve never been comfortable with the Copenhagen interpretation, but my apprehensiveness goes beyond this. At the core of all our human research into physics there is a lack of acknowledgement of the ontological nature of energy. For instance, what is gravity and magnetic field? Sure we can measure it. We feel and see its affect on objects and everyday life, but what is it ontologically. When gravity stretches across the solar system in the vacuum of space, what is being transmitted? Can we measure it en route? What is its substance? Furthermore, why does gravity exist? In other words, what is intrinsic about mass that produces gravity?

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scordova
14 years ago

My feelings is that we are always inclined to try to reduce complicated concepts into more elementary ones. Math has shown us at some point we will not be able to reduce things any further. It just simply IS.

teleologist
14 years ago

Thanks for your comment Sal. Your last sentence is VERY insightful. I fully agree with you. My problem is with the modern scientists and especially the materialist kind. We are often told that science necessarily exclude metaphysics. However if science is about the quest for knowledge then nothing should be excluded and the evidence from modern science has illuminated this fact.

We have spent millennia in search of the ultimate truth through reductionistic analysis of nature, but in the end we’ve just lifting one curtain after another. We are no closer today in finding the ultimate reality of what the ontological nature of NATURE IS. We’ve come full circle back to the pre-Socratic philosopher Parmenides, who famed the dictum “Whatever IS, IS” . Everything that modern science can tell us so far is the immutable fact that at the core of REALITY is not the materialistic senses of being but it is metaphysics.

In him we live and move and have our being
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col 1:16-17

scordova
14 years ago

In him we live and move and have our being. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col 1:16-17

Amen!