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Science is the Discipline of Unhappiness

  • Science has replaced Religion as the source of knowledge
  • The rational has replaced the irrational
  • Empirical observation has replaced common sense
  • Science won
  • But science is giving us a sad world, a world in which we are not special at all, and in which there is no afterlife
  • What is the point of explaining the universe if it makes us unhappy to be alive in it?
  • A purpose of science is not only to explain the universe but to use that knowledge to improve our lives and make us happier; but the result, no matter how many luxuries science creates for us and how better our material conditions become, is to make us less happy to be alive
  • The next scientific project should be one that maximizes not our knowledge of the structure of the universe but our happiness to be alive in this universe