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I've always been interested in science.

But science is not nearly as instructive as people believe.

Very little of science is derivable.

Meaning very little of what we think about the structure of reality can be proven from simpler principles.

Most of what we think are "laws" are not really laws.

Just things that we see happening over and over again.

We give them labels, mathematical descriptions, but ultimately they are descriptions.

Take gravity for example.

You drop something and it falls.

We watch it happen over and over.

We measure it with extreme accuracy.

Then we give it a name.

We call it "gravity."

Gravity is just a name for what we see happening.

It's not an explanation.

Only a description.

We have a lot of biases and logical misunderstandings.

One of these is if we see two things happening, one after the other, we think the one CAUSED the other.

So when you drop your keys, and you happen to be standing next to a scientist, and ask him why the keys fell, he would say "gravity."

But his DESCRIPTION is another way of saying the same thing.

But since his description came AFTER the event, we think it's a cause-effect relationship.

But saying "my keys fell to the ground because of gravity" is grammatically similar to saying "my keys fell to the ground because my keys fell to the ground."

One fantastic metaphorical description of science is that it is like the shoreline of a very small island in a very large ocean.

The more of the shoreline we discover, the bigger the unknown ocean becomes.

Like the more we know, the more we don't know.

No matter what direction you go, you'll eventually get to the point of just shrugging your shoulders and figuring our monkey brains just aren't equipped to understand this stuff.

It reminds me of a line from a Kid Rock song:

"Don't ask for answers, cause that ain't fun, now get in the pit and try and love someone!"

Of course, if you really DO like asking questions that don't have any answers, then more power to you.

But if you want to learn how to live life, science will only take you so far.

This is exactly why humans have been telling each other stories since the dawn of time.

Stories are inspiring.

Stories are filled with bad guys and good guys that we can understand.

Good guys that serve as role models so we can kill the bad guys in our own lives, however they show up.

Luckily, stories don't need to be understood.

Only enjoyed.

And when you enjoy them the way they were meant to be enjoyed, not as pastimes but as motivational instructions, they are much more valuable.

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