“We build scientific theories to organize and manipulate the world, to reduce phenomena into manageable units.

Science is based on reproducibility and manufactured objectivity.

As strong as that makes its ability to generate claims about matter and energy, it also makes scientific knowledge inapplicable to the essential, visceral nature of human life, which is unique and subjective and unpredictable.

Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but it’s power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspect of human life: hope, fear, love, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.”

Source: Paul Kalinithi (2015), When Breath Becomes Air

We need both types of information – objective vs subjective, reproducible data versus unreproducible anecdote – to fully understand any phenomenon, despite our natural inclination (based perhaps on our educational background) to reach for one and not the other.

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