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Science deals only with structure

The content of the hard sciences is formulated in mathematical laws. In mathematics everything is built up structurally starting with the empty set or nothing at all. For example the number 1 is defined as the set containing the empty set. It is a set with one element.

Mathematics and contemporary hard science deal only with structure (or how complex entities are built from simpler ones) and never with essence or the ultimate nature of a thing. This forces all assumptions to be made explicit. But doing so removes any connection with meaning or value from the content of science. Of course individual scientists and scientific institutions have values that influence what they do. It is the content of hard science that is value free.

Ultimate (as opposed to contingent) value exists only in conscious experience. We value things only insofar as we see them impacting our own or others' experience. The connection between physical structure and conscious experience is the key to connecting our scientific understanding to values and spirituality. Following the lead of science we look for the simplest possible description consistent with what we know to be true. This leads to two assumptions,


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