Can You Be Scientific and Spiritual?

Adam Frank:

• While the anti-scientific bias of religious fundamentalism requires condemnation, if we take a broader view, does the human inclination towards spiritual practice still require the same antagonism? The answer, I think, is a definitive “No.”

• Rather than ontological claims about what exists in the universe, the terms spiritual and sacred can describe the character of an experience. Instead of a “thing” they can refer to an attitude or an approach.

• One can be entirely faithful to the path of inquiry and honesty that is science while making it one aspect of a broader practice embracing the totality of your experience as a human being in this more-than-human world.

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