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Science and Philosophy
2470 The disciple of Christ consents to "live in the truth," that is, in the simplicity of a life in conformity with the Lord's example, abiding in his truth. "If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth."265
 
== Science and Philosophy ==
 
Truth is conformity of the mind to reality.
 
To know is to judge of what is that it is and of what is not that it is not.
 
 
Science is the sum total of knowledge acquired by reasoning rightly about the physical world.
 
All human knowledge begins in the senses and is perfected in the judgment of the intellect.
 
Science deals with forms of matter and energy.
 
Every observable thing in the cosmos is a form of matter and energy.
 
Form matters more than matter.
 
The nature of a thing is determined by its form, not by the matter.
 
Everything in our experience is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. The reason that some aggregates of protons, neutrons, and electrons can walk and talk is that they have the form of human beings rather than the form of a desk, or a pen, or a brick, or a dog.
 
 
Science is not a form of matter and energy.
 
Science is an abstract concept that deals with mental realities.
 
The universe is what it is.
 
Knowing what the universe is is a human accomplishment--a mental action.
 
Science uses ideas to understand the universe.
 
No ideas, no science.
 
Scientists do not just "look at" things. They evaluate their concepts in the light of feedback from observations.
 
The observations may be of events beyond our control (the "Big Bang," gamma rays, black holes) or of events that take placed under controled conditions.
 
 
Truth is not a form of matter and energy.
 
We cannot see, hear, taste, touch, or smell "truth" (or, if you insist, "absolute truth").
 
We can only know truth by the right use of the powers of the mind.
 
The powers of the mind are not observable through the senses.
 
The powers of the mind are only observable by thinking about thinking, understanding understanding, and judging judgment (Lonergan).
== References ==

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