S Rad­hakr­ish­nan on sci­en­tific at­ti­tude

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“Sci­ence de­mands in­duc­tion from facts and not de­duc­tion from dog­mas. We must face the facts and de­rive our con­clu­sions from them and not start with the con­clu­sions and then play with the facts. rea­son­ing in re­li­gion is only a re­arrange­ment of our prej­u­dices. We are Hin­dus or chris­tians mainly be­cause we are born Hin­dus or chris­tians and our fa­thers bore those la­bels. in sci­ence, the pro­ce­dure is dif­fer­ent. The mod­ern tem­per in­sists that the sci­en­tific at­ti­tude of ve­rac­ity and self-de­tach­ment must spread to all hu­man af­fairs. The as­sump­tion of re­li­gion that god, the au­thor of the uni­verse, is the benev­o­lent fa­ther of us all is an open in­vi­ta­tion to ex­plain away the dif­fi­cul­ties and dis­com­forts of life as delu­sions of the mind.the ten­dency of re­li­gion to mis­take de­sires for facts, to take the world to be what we should like it to be, to re­serve a cer­tain part of life as fall­ing out­side the scope of or­di­nary knowl­edge, is the di­rect op­po­site of em­pir­i­cal sci­ence

– Sarvepalli Rad­hakr­ish­nan in an ide­al­ist Way of life

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