What Can’t Science Account For?

I’m helping out at CrossExamined Instructor Academy this weekend, and Frank Turek played this great two-minute clip from a discussion between William Lane Craig and Peter Atkins, wherein Craig lists five rational beliefs that can’t be scientifically proven:

  1. Logical and mathematical truths – science presupposes logic and math.
  2. Metaphysical truths – e.g., the idea that the external world is real.
  3. Ethical truths – e.g., you can't prove by science that the Nazis were wrong to experiment on Jews.
  4. Aesthetic truths – beauty can’t be scientifically proven.
  5. Science itself – science can’t be justified by the scientific method.

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