Is science a belief system?
I think of science as a method to systematically determine and verify aspects of the natural world.
A recent post described science as a belief system.
I would have thought that a 'belief system' would imply a broad set of rules for how to apprehend the natural world, for how to behave with others (morals) and perhaps also for how to think of weighty issues such as mortality. Science certainly gives you a way to apprehend the world, but it doesn't answer the second and third elements.
So....is science a belief system?
No, science is not a belief system. It is proving fact about the world that for centuries people believed were mystical. A solar eclipse can be explained with fact. A partial lunar eclipse can also be explained and calculated instead of believing that someone is splitting the moon. Viruses are explained, sicknesses and chemistry are proven facts and not misunderstood as magic or supernatural.
"Is science a belief system?"
No, belief is for suckers. Assigning probability is for rationalists.
'I think of science as a method to systematically determine and verify aspects of the natural world.'
Ideas about the world - period.
'A recent post described science as a belief system.'
That's a very common misconception.
'I would have thought that a 'belief system' would imply a broad set of rules for how to apprehend the natural world, for how to behave with others (morals) and perhaps also for how to think of weighty issues such as mortality.'
Well maybe yes but science simply assesses claims as shown to be wrong or not shown to be wrong YET. Science never proved anything right.
'Science certainly gives you a way to apprehend the world, but it doesn't answer the second and third elements.'
It can certainly help though.
'So....is science a belief system?'
No because it's not about what's true it's about whether claims can be supported or not.
I had commented on something earlier that offers an appropriate response.
It had to do with determining what "Just-Faith" is, as opposed to "Blind Faith".
Religion is Blind Faith, with some slight variant of just-Faith in regards to Inductive Reasoning.
Science operates with a Faith in Deductive Reasoning, which results in truth.
I have Faith that the Sun will rise and set tomorrow because, both, my lifetime of observations and a clear Scientific understanding that was determined using DEDUCTIVE REASONING.
That deduction remains true aside from some cataclysmic event.
I have Faith that those I've known well and respected for many years of interactions would never willfully harm me in any way for their own gain. However, things can happen. People can make bad decisions with unintended consequences, which makes it INDUCTIVE REASONING.
One caveat regarding religiously thinking people who rely on Blind-Faith is that they too often claim to have witnessed, or interpreted, events that support their belief (Biases), and that is the only INDUCTIVE REASONING example I can lend in their claim to it being Just-Faith, instead of Blind-Faith.
"We" know that that reasoning deficiency doesn't hold water.
Sorry if I seem digressive, but I feel it is important to divide Just-Faith and Blind-Faith, along with Inductive and Deductive Reasoning in order to state that:
SCIENCE IS A BELIEF IN DEDUCTIVE REASONING AND SPARINGLY USES INDUCTIVE REASONING WHEN PONDERING POSSIBILITIES
I think "beliefs system" is hot wholly accurate.
It is more a systematic way to find new knowledge. It is not perfect system, and may require revised processes to gain better knowledge and results form experiments.
I'd say it is more a system for exploration of the natural world and universe. What is found through exploration becomes firs beliefs and then through repetition of experiments eventually becomes knowledge.
If it is a belief system, than it is the beliefs that we can learn virtually all there is to know about the world and universe through our own reasoning abilities.
Contrast that to religion, where someone else tells you what to believe, requiring no real thought, logic or reasoning. In religion you give away your ability to think freely to church leaders.