This video explains Nietzsche’s view of science and its purpose through animations from the video game “Mega Man”. Nietzsche said that there is a difference between “how” things happen, what science can explain, and “why” things happen, which religion attempts to answer. For instance, we can know that something is a chemical reaction, and we can know how specific circumstances cause it, but we can’t use science to figure out why the universe is that way as opposed to something else or if it ought to be this way. As such, Nietzsche said that we can’t derive meaning, purpose, or “truth” from science.
- What is meant by “truth” in the video? What is the distinction between how and why?
- What are some examples of people taking scientific fact to be “truth” or to explain deeper purpose and meaning?
- If we can’t find “truth” in Nietzsche’s sense from science, do you still think it’s worthwhile? Why or why not?
- Other than possibly religion, where can you find meaning?
Keywords: Nietzsche, philosophy, science, religion, purpose, meaning, truth