Summit Daily letters: In the face of uncertainty, our curiosity is a gift from God – Colorado News

Summit Daily letters: In the face of uncertainty, our curiosity is a gift from God – Colorado News

Our scientific curiosity is a gift from God

I just finished an article which was a commentary on the weather prognosticators’ inability to predict the precise pathway of Hurricane Irma. I myself have had similar reactions to the limitations of this science. But, whereas the writer’s conclusion was that we don’t know everything about predicting the weather, or medicine and the many other aspects and branches of modern science, my take was that the author stopped way short of where he might have led us readers. I deduced that he was perfectly at ease with where, at the curb side, he had dropped us, flummoxed by our continued human ignorance. My conclusions took me much, much further.

If Western humanity has any distinctiveness, it derives from a notion that there is much to be discovered about our universe, and that our purpose in this world to draw back the curtains and discover what makes everything operate as it does. God has implanted with us as a collective species these abilities to know and unpack cosmic “secrets.” This is not the time to be throwing our hands up and capitulating to our limitations. Our weather folks have sophisticated instruments by which they know when and where hurricanes are forming and why. They can determine and know their intensity, velocity and strength. They feed all their data into super computers whose powers are little more than a half-century old. That they haven’t yet “broken the code” to decipher precisely the pathway of these storms isn’t something to be lamely accepted, derided and mourned. It is the proverbial gauntlet, thrown down to us as a challenge to go further, study the phenomena deeper, calculate and fold in…

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