Reading numerous books and articles that explain our current, scientific understanding of the Universe always leaves me with a significant amount of questions rather than actually satisfying my curiosity. I question how scientists are able to determine and prove all the facts they mention such as the chemical composition of the Sun or the exact distance between our Planet and the center of the Milky Way galaxy. But, even if I see the actual mathematical calculation on paper, I would not be smart enough to actually understand it. So where does that leave me? I am I trusting a bunch of old dudes in white robes deciphering mathematical equations on a white board?
The point of science is that it is based on facts, but If I don't understand the process followed to get to prove these facts, am I "believing" rather than knowing? I truly want to believe that scientists have integrity and would not let themselves be influenced by religious or government organizations or even the search for personal benefit. However, scientists, even though smarter than most of the human population on Earth, are still human beings that are subject to personal emotions caused by the neuro-chemistry on their brains.So this is definitely something worth considering.
NDT says on his bookAstrophysics for People in a Hurry, "The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you".This phrase has a strange soothing effect on me. It is as though the Universe has left a set of jig saw puzzle pieces for a few chosen ones to put together. Thank thelordfor science communicators such as NDT who does a fantastic job explaining what to me is inexplicable and allows me to not get discouraged and continue to stay curious.