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However, that is a self-defeating or self-refuting  as the statement itself cannot be tested by the scientific method. George Ellis, eminent physicist and mathematician, when interviewed said: “The belief that all of reality can be fully comprehended in terms of physics and the equations of physics is a fantasy.” One of the problems is to distinguish between science and philosophy. Ellis says, “You cannot do physics or cosmology without an assumed philosophical basis”, so that some skeptics who are not philosophers present “scientific” ideas that are purely philosophical without any evidential foundation.

 

This is particularly true with cosmology. As already indicated, the so-called laws of nature are intelligible and discoverable by beings with our level of intelligence, which suggests a providential purpose for humankind. We seem to be designed to do science. Having looked at some of the assumptions underlying science and scientific endeavor we now consider where has science led us and what is its legacy. Science has brought with it technology and new developments in all areas of life, but its legacy has not led to a sense of being at ease.

 

Although science has made some huge advances, we are now faced with increasing pollution, increasing rubbish, traffic congestion, overcrowding, rising costs, aggression and crime, ghettos and slums, and tensions between races, classes, and social groups. Global climate change has also been unsettling as it has raised the specter of unstable weather patterns. We are running out of some resources, especially some minerals, and the distribution of water is becoming a major problem.