Sterling’s Truths for Life #107

Invention and discovery are not inevitable consequences of human existence.

(HT: Rodney Stark)

history invention science

Further Explanation

“SCIENCE AROSE ONLY IN Europe because only medieval Europeans believed that science was possible and desirable. And the basis of their belief was their image of God and his creation. This was dramatically asserted to a distinguished audience of scholars attending the 1925 Lowell Lectures at Harvard by the great philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947), who explained that science developed in Europe because of the widespread ‘faith in the possibility of science... derivative from medieval theology.’” ― Rodney Stark

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