If Science were a person, She would
- be expert at pulling things apart, but less skilled at putting things together
- be highly skilled at describing, but less skilled at explaining
- know a lot of the "what", "when" and "where", and something of the "how", but very little of the "who", and almost nothing of the "why"
- know a lot about the existence and nature of (some) things, but nothing about the purpose of anything.
The limitations of science would be greatly outweighed by the benefits She delivers were it not for the unfortunate, unexpected and unwanted side-effects She produces, such as the hole in Gaia's veil. If we accept Science at face value, if we accept Her --- unmodified and uncontextualised --- as She is, all we can realistically hope to get from Her are
- piles of bits that once comprised wholes
- a partial understanding of the nature of things
- zero understanding of the meaning of things.
I sincerely hope She matures in time to curb the excesses of Her baby sister, Technology, and the crimes of Her elder brother, Organised Religion.
Confession: Of course, She's not quite as flawed as to the extent portrayed above. But She can't tell me where all the spiders have gone, which unfortunately for Her has pushed me to overreact somewhat. Meh. What you gonna do.