I like this video because it engages with science in a particular way.

When I offer a critique of science (Scientists are always paid by capitalists or bureaucrats, science is always influenced by dominant cultural narratives, science always happens in a lab, human events are not reproducible, science applied sometimes has disastrous results) I’m not saying that the scientific method isn’t fucking awesome.

Cause it is.

What I’m saying is that science is a tool perhaps analogous to a flashlight. The ability of the flashlight to illuminate darkness does not mean we will turn it toward the corner we need to explore. It’s also possible that there are things our flashlight cannot illuminate (in our metaphor let’s say they’re ghosts). The inability of science to see the ghosts does not mean the ghosts don’t exist.

As the brave Donald Rumsfeld once said: “There are known knowns … and there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns. … The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.”

Things we don’t know that we don’t know. Rational materialism is useful for finding fact but has no monopoly on truth.