The Ethics Of The Natural Sciences And Mathematics Essay

1247 Words Dec 11th, 2014 5 Pages
Beliefs are instilled in us by the community, the culture, and the people (family, friends, superiors) surrounding us. Being able to go beyond these notions introduced to us at an age where we are not able to rationalize concepts on our own is what begins to shape our personal beliefs. Generally, beliefs should not be accepted or denied in accordance with the person who presents us with them, for we should engage in further inspection to decide whether these are valid. However, in certain instances, we do not have the authority or capability to challenge beliefs, to be more specific, those established in the natural sciences and mathematics. Aside from these two particular areas of knowledge, we as individuals should always question beliefs to strictly evaluate their compatibility with our sense of reality. Specific ways of knowing: sense perception, reason, and imagination, and the area of knowledge called ethics can guide us in the decision of which beliefs we should deem important in our lives. After all, our personal beliefs should be an accurate reflection of our wisdom and our moral values. Mathematics and natural sciences as areas of knowledge are defined by conclusive, definite beliefs (mathematics possessing more precise beliefs) that are virtually impossible to question because we lack the authority and capability to do so. The natural sciences use empirical perceptions and imagination in order to formulate beliefs and later on prove their validity. Scientists…

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