The And Of The Truth

990 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
One of the ways many of the early scientists were the same was they each had a knack for fully accepting unproven theories as fact in their search for the truth. Even though each sought new, unheard of, or at least not well defined answers to what were, in many cases, new and unasked questions, they did so with one portion of their findings already defined. Even Descartes, claiming to believe only the things that were proven without a doubt (35-38), behaved similarly to so many other early scientists in this regard. They almost all allowed one questionable theory to dictate the search for and even the presentation of the truth as they saw it. While Frances Bacon was proud of the accomplishments he and others had made, and even looked dimly on Greek philosophy because it was “most adverse to the inquisition of truth” (23), he saw things differently in his faith in God. Newton, still a believer, even though he chose to believe that ancient scriptures had once contained the truths he believed lay in mathematics, and that others in the church had hidden the knowledge regarding these truths (48). Galileo himself thought that science should be used as an instrument to interpret the Bible (344), even though this didn’t shield him from the repercussions all these scientists must have, if not feared, at least taken pause at the possibilities. Families and friends must have tried to persuade these brilliant men to think before they spoke, no matter the beliefs they held.…

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