The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov

Are you willing to believe the extraordinary amount of scientific breakthroughs that take place on a daily basis?

If you are a science devotee, you are likely to discover so many disparate new innovations as to make your head spin. The revolutions in this space are so astronomically impactful, as to void almost any accurate prediction as to where any particular field might be, within the next 20 years. The exponential nature of scientific discovery has become so vast, as to eliminate almost any individual’s capability to hold all of that information within.

Conversely, if you are not focusing on science, you might find yourself blindsided by some of the scientific discoveries that may prove to either be inconvenient, disappointing, or so disruptive as to completely turn your world upside down.

Since the beginning of political power, certain authoritarian personalities have felt entirely disrupted by science. The scientific explanation eliminated some of the suppositions that gave those authoritarian personalities their respective power.

As a result, science was not only frowned upon, it was expressly prohibited in various governmental and religious societal circles. The interesting thing about science is that when Leonardo da Vinci‘s scientific method is applied, science becomes wholly verifiable, and with that verification, comes the uncomfortable (for some) reality that they are operating in shaky territory, by continuing to adhere to that which they want their society to believe in.

When the authority of a specific regime comes into question, any scientific support for that question is instantly labeled as negative, problematic, inaccurate, or in a lot of cases, a bold-faced lie.

The truth is, science is the cornerstone of everything. When I watch various people, in their ignorance, express their disbelief in science, and then, as quickly as that disbelief has been made known to others, that same individual will leverage 50 scientific breakthroughs over the course of the rest of that particular day… they might jump into a car, take a plane flight, use their telephone, get on the Internet, or any one of tens of thousands of representations that science is truly the building block of civilization.

In many cases, scientific evidence threatens a specific belief system. In that situation, science is labeled the enemy, because it challenges other knowledge that has been taken on faith. The truth is, we are continuing to grow exponentially as a specie, and we have science to thank for that. When you hear another person disclaiming a scientific breakthrough, the first question that ought to go through your mind is whether or not the person who is disclaiming that information has enough factual knowledge to make such a representation.

If they do, it is a good thing to listen, because not all science is 100% accurate. It is only through continuous revisions and explorations that science matures in any particular category. If that person does not have the scientific background to disclaim that which is being presented, then the next question must be, “what aspect of what is being presented, puts that particular person at risk in their personal or professional world?”

Science has always been our savior. It does not always come in positive experiences. In fact, science can be used for very negative purposes as well. But the reality of what is provable and demonstrably accurate should never be forsaken.

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!