Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
3.2.4 Science and Non Science
So far, we have discussed scientific knowledge, scientific methods, scientific change, and scientific progress. Despite all these philosophical investigations of science, we haven’t yet had a focused discussion on what makes science what it is, or what differentiates it from other human endeavors. We have taken for granted that science is something different – something unique. But what actually makes science different? What makes it unique?” (Barseghyan et al., 2018).
In this video, Dr. Hakob Barseghyan helps us understand how to distinguish between science and pseudoscience. This distinction has profound implications for human and planetary well-being, as climate change denial and anti-vaccination campaigns demonstrate. You should also read the chapter, up to “Changing the Question: From Theories to Changes.”
What contemporary demarcation criteria distinguish science from non-science? Make a note of these. You will need them later!
The recent coronavirus pandemic featured extensive misinformation regarding virus prevention. How can we distinguish scientifically-sound recommendations from pseudoscience? What resources might you use?
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.