Science, religion, and constructivism: Constructing and understanding reality

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Abstract

There have been debates about the place of religion in science and in what ways knowledge that is produced through religion can aid in the learning and teaching of science. The discord between science and religion is mainly focused on whose knowledge is better in describing and explaining the reality. Constructivist epistemology seems to give some scholars hope in the possibility that the discord between science and religion can be ameliorated and that their expressions of reality can co-exist. In this forum contribution I present some Hindu perspectives to re-interpret how science and Hinduism explain reality. I have used only few Hindu perspectives based on selected Hindu writings, particularly Vedanta, to expand on objectivity and reality. Finally, I recommend that social constructivism may be a better framework in keeping science and religion discord at bay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalCultural Studies of Science Education
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Constructivism
  • Reality
  • Science & religion

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