We All Have Questions
By Louis Markos, Ph.D.
Everyone has questions. Begin seeking answers here.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. –Albert Einstein
Everyone has questions. Who am I? Does God exist? What happens when I die? We seem to be built to ask. And just when we think we’ve got it all figured out—just when we think we’re safe from all those pesky doubts—something inside of us cries out for more answers to more questions.
Our Questions and Science
It’s at times like this that we run for cover, hiding behind figures and statistics and studies—the facts, we call them. But the questions seek us out, refusing to allow us to rest in a closed world where everything can be weighed and calculated and assessed.
After the geologists and the botanists have told us what our world is made of and the chemists and the biologists have told us what we are made of, the bigger questions remain and haunt us. Why is the world here? Why we are here? Why do we have the ability to perceive and understand the world in a way that the world cannot understand and perceive us?
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Science is a wonderful tool for measuring the physical world and predicting what that world will do, but it can only take us so far. If we have a mind other than our brain and a soul other than our body, then we will have to seek elsewhere for knowledge of them. The questions that simply will not go away are precisely those that lie outside the scope of science, that demand supernatural and metaphysical answers.
A good place to start is by studying our own conscience. That part of us that tells us what we should do and how we ought to behave seems to stand outside the natural world of Darwinian survival of the fittest. In fact, that voice within that tells us it is wrong to use and manipulate others for our own profit cannot itself be a product of natural selection—for natural selection impels us to do whatever it takes to preserve our genetic material.
Our conscience tells us two universal things about the human condition: We should behave in a certain way. But we do not.