chapter  IV
17 Pages

Science and Religion as Social and Communal Enterprises

In saying what science is, we have taken cognizance of its being a body of knowledge-but have insisted that it is more than that. We have noted that it is often spoken of as a way of knowingbut have seen that this means much more than is implied by the stereotype of “ t h e scientific method.” We have observed that to appreciate adequately the methodology of science we must be aware of two different aspects or stages of scientific development, designated respectively the frontier stage and the stage of colonization. Finally, we saw that the role of logic in scientific thought is commonly misrepresented, and that what is at least as important —if not more so-is the creative imagination. The picture of science that emerges is then one of an intensely human enterprise, as opposed to the impersonal automatic machine conception of it. There are other aspects of this human quality of science that need pointing out.