Nothing is wrong with this. It is a necessary part of the endeavor, but let us not forget that the language they use is a part of their task. They are no longer operating in the realm of living a natural life, but looking at foundations. Thinking of my countertop as empty space does me no good. In fact, if I try to punch through my countertop I might well break my hand. That wouldn’t happen if it were the empty space that I know.
Let me use another example. We get married and have babies. (Okay, that getting married part isn’t absolutely necessary, but I am still one of those who believe that a home with a loving mommy and daddy is the gold standard for child-rearing.)
From the point of view of some, all of the love-songs, all of the courtship rituals, all of the wedding dresses, and all of the rest is just a by-product of DNA trying to replicate itself. All of this ooy-guey, lovey-dovey stuff is just a side-effect.
In the realm of natural life, it is an expression of living.
There is a language that is used by scientist and a language used by people as they live their regular lives.
Science, for all it has done for us-- and it’s done a lot--is just one small thing. Living a life in harmony with my fellow man, with Nature, and with God, that is the big thing.
Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, Oklahoma, is assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of Mathematics at Pittsburg State University. He blogs at redneckmath.blogspot.com and okieinexile.blogspot.com. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.