Adam Bly, founder and editor-in-chief of Seed, discusses the functional value of science and if it explains everything.
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(Music Playing) Q: Does Science explain everything? Adam Bly, Founder, Seed Media Does it know, should not know that I wanted to know. No, I do think that there is a place for -- again, that thing it is also by viewing -- again, it comes back to that fundamental of what is science. I think that science does have surpassing powers in terms of its utility as a lens. It does cure things you know? It does have actual great functional value. I am not sure we can deal with the catastrophic impacts of climate change simply through the arts. I do not mean that frequently, I mean there is great value actually to the arts now in making people emotionally invested and even better citizens when it comes to these issues. But you know, fundamentally, you do need a scientific lens to actually deal with these issues. And so, do I think it has you know surpassing values? Yes. Do I think that it can be a complete full world view? For some, yes. For some no, for society at large, I do not know what that means. There is no such thing as one global lens. So I think, it is a lot more ounce than that. I do think that there are greater many -- there are many more forces acting against science and there where forces acting in some of those other lenses. I do think that science is a more certainly progressive. It almost seems to cope up to say better but better lens than religion at a high level to which to either world and its problems. Because I think that we as a planet, as a population are better when we know things, when we question things and we are capable of understanding the foundations for decisions, and I think that that generally true. I would struggle with how to incorporate that into the challenges that a country like China faces today in achieving political reform because on one hand, those are somewhat Democratic ideals that I have associated with science and I think that science and democracy do go very nicely hand in hand. And I think if you are pro science or pro democracy, if you are pro democracy or pro science or you kind of should be fundamentally which is why it is non partisan. But as you look at you know emerging economies and you look most importantly at China right now and its profound place in the world and the next 20-30-40-50 years of our lives, on one hand I still believe in the power of science. But the way we view democracy, the way we view all those kind of institutions that are laid out as being analogies with science, somehow all of these needs to be rethought in the context of China, which is what I was saying earlier about kind of rethinking science under context of both Easter and Western prospective. Because some of those same ideals may not hold truthful what is ultimately in the best interest of China going forward. So, that would be an interesting you know, that is something I do not know yet. My mobs are how that all mashes up with the rise of science in China.
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