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A Commitment to Nature

By John Beckett

[Snip] A commitment to Nature is a commitment to the study of Nature. To be more plainspoken, it means a commitment to science. Note that “Nature” is capitalized and “science” is not – that’s intentional. Too often, what is called “Science” refers to a canonization of a hypermaterialistic worldview – if it can’t be measured according to the rules of science then it doesn’t exist.

Do I have to quote Shakespeare? “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Despite the limitations of science, it remains a critically important tool for understanding Nature. If life speaks to you, study biology. If the sun and moon and stars speak to you, study astronomy. If energy speaks to you, study physics and chemistry. If creation myths speak to you, study the Big Bang and evolution.

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