During an online meeting titled “MasterClass for Global Leaders,” the experts discussed, among other things, “the future of man, the economy and the universe,” focusing on the work of NASA and the Vatican Observatory on questions of science skepticism. Br said Consolmagno, Jesuit of the Vatican Astronomical Observatory.
According to the papal astronomer, people should not ask why the scientist believes in God. The most interesting question is, “Why does he believe in science?” “It’s brave these days when people are trying to remove the doubt from science.”
Brother Consolmagno, a planetary scientist, admitted that he had once lost faith in science. Before he became a Jesuit, he was working as a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and suddenly felt that science was no longer feasible. “I asked why I waste my time dealing with the moons covered with ice” when there are people in the world who are starving. “That’s why I left school and got into the Peace Corps,” where he worked in Kenya, teaching astronomy and physics at the University of Nairobi and driving through small villages with a telescope. “While everyone showed the same excitement and interest by looking up at the night sky, I realized that it doesn’t matter if we are residents of remote villages or students at university. As human beings, we all have the same curiosity and the same joy, because man does not live on bread alone.”
Although many scientists are not affiliated with ecclesiastical communities, we “all believe in the truth” and “each of us searches for happiness in science,” the astronomer said.
As mentioned, science is based on the belief that the physical universe is not a dream or an illusion, but is real and can be explored. This belief is in line with his personal belief in a God who “consciously created the universe, step by step in a logical manner,” described in Genesis as “good.” “Genesis is not the science of the actual creation of the world,” he said, “but it is a story ‘God chooses beings like us who are self-aware.'” The highlight of this story is the seventh day, a day for rest and reflection, “when we can find out,” ask questions, and enjoy discussion. .
What gives him belief in science, belief in a particular theory, and belief that he is on “the right path” are “the same tools we can apply to our belief in God,” he said. “People may admit they were wrong and realize the reality is different from what they thought. It gives me confidence that I’m doing the right thing. Astronomy is an open and evolving dialogue between thinking, feeling, and emotion but being sane, looking at the universe, and seeking understanding”, and beauty , joy and truth, which are indicators of the existence of God “- said the researcher.
Andre Dragan, physicist, artist and atheist, told Consolmagno’s brother that as a quantum scientist, he did not believe in science, “because science does not need my faith at all, and the basic principle of science is skepticism,” ask about everything. Dragan stated that St. Matthews was right when he suggested that people judge something by its fruits. “That’s enough” because science has proven that “this approach works,” leading to “naked monkeys landing on the moon” and other amazing things.
Brother Consolmagno replied that doubt is part of faith. “If you are sure,” he said, “you don’t need to believe.” We have doubts “but we also doubt the belief that we can dispel them and learn more. This is the faith we need. I am not even talking about belief in God, I am talking about belief in the process of discovery.”
“If people judge the value of discoveries on the basis of fruit alone, it would be easy to argue that the technological fruits of environmental pollution and the atomic bomb could justify not cultivating science at all.” The Jesuit said that this narrow, practical view does not inspire people “to look further, nor does it allow us to appreciate the joy we feel when we look further.”
In turn, theoretical physicist Prof. Krzysztof Meissner agreed that faith is required in science. “We must believe that the laws of physics are behind everything we see.” “You wake up in the morning and know that the sun will be there, that you can walk because the laws of physics haven’t changed, and our existence is built on the belief that the laws of physics are universal in time and space,” Meissner said.
The meeting was attended by people from the world of science, technology, philosophy, art and economics, including many Poles, including. Artur Shmielewski of NASA, Sr. the professor. Mickey Heller, quantum physicist Andre Dragan, Tomasz Travne of the Pontifical Academy of Culture, A. Hanna Suchuka or director Krzysztof Zanussi.