chapter  13
Science, scepticism and awe
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In view of the remarks about Blake, this will also give a standing to the humanities, not as illicit, upstart competitors with science, but as its distinct and equal colleagues. It gives a possibility of fitting science realistically into the rest of life, reminding us what other parts that life must have. David Hume was no less deeply sceptical about physical science than he was about every other intellectual enterprise. Within the notion of science itself there are large, unresolved clashes, notably between the idea that it is simply a vast memory store, a register of facts, and the quite different one that it is an intellectual system constructed by reasoning as a means to understanding the universe. Science is by no means always on the side of experience, as is plain from these examples, and still plainer when unexpected results are dismissed as experimental error.