The Limitations of Science: 4 Things Beyond the Limit of Science

The Limitations of Scientific Truth - CSI

It is not very smart to think anything with benefits cannot have limits and anything with merits cannot have demerits. The perfectionist premise that there are no limits to science is flawed and unintelligent.

Science — although considered ultimate in the modern world with the way it describes and solves realities — is not exempted from limits. These restrictions explain why it cannot solve everything but can come up with theories, processes, and observations about everything.

Science is clear in the way it operates. There are clear laws and theories, straightforward in their observation, model, deduction, and application. Yet, even as a body of knowledge credited with this application we are using to type, the platform from which you read, and the marketing ideas we are deploying to keep both you and us closer, there are definite limits to how it operates. If you have read through the opinions of science freaks on, these 4 things are what science does not do. And if science does not engage them, then the opposite is what it can do.

1.                  Science does not answer to moral obligations

If you expect science in general to tell you if you should have rights as humans or if your pets should be entitled to certain rights, then you must be waiting for a pink elephant. Science can shape our views, thoughts, and opinions by investigating them for us, but it never will tell us what moral obligations they hold — if they are good, bad, right, or wrong.

2.                  Science does not answer to aesthetics

Science does not lean into the abstract to answer questions about beauty and ugliness. Instead, it can tell us why we think in abstracts and how we do it. But to answer questions about the perceived beauty and ugliness of your boyfriend or girlfriend, science won’t walk you through that lane. It is the same for art and music. In summary, individuals infer what they see, using their senses, taste, and preference. Science does not judge aesthetics.

3.                  Science does not answer applicability

If you have carried out research and conducted experiments, but you still expect science to tell you how to apply the outcome; we’re sorry to say science won’t do that. As a body of knowledge, science has provided you with the steps. If your research and experiments are good, you should know how to apply the outcome. Science cannot be bothered about scientific applicability.

4.                  Science says nothing, scientists say everything

Science is only a body of knowledge acted upon by scientists. Pretty theoretical, it says nothing. It is only a label for gathered observations. But scientists, acting upon it, use every observation to describe and infer from a phenomenon. Limited by repetitions, scientists are behind the activity and guesses that make science work.


If you are familiar with the workings of science, you’d know these 4 things are never beyond their limits. And if they are not, the opposites of them are, therefore, what science can do.