Hmmm... I believe that was the point I was making. What is your point?
Are there any other bodies of knowledge that have done as well as the one we base our science on?
I am confused as to what you are trying to say.
The fact is, Rob, we likely agree more than you may suppose. Science, in its current modern form is indispensable, but this does not mean there is not room for it to grow into something far more deep and rich. It is said that Technology too far ahead of its time is indistinguishable from magic (Clarke?) The same too, I believe, could be said for knowledge.
Zukav said it quite well IMHO, even if in slightly different form...
"'Nonsense' is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns we have superimposed on reality. There is no such thing as 'nonsense' apart from a judgmental intellect which calls it that."
- Gary Zukav - The Dancing Wuli Masters (p.131)
When we, as a society in general, or as a forum, in the specific, impede others ability to jump headlong into "nonsense," in the hopes that such nonsense might ultimately be made intelligible, I believe we do ourselves a disservice.
As a tangential, but very related aside, one point I have maintained since becoming a poster to this forum, and yet maintain, is that in order to move forward it is at times necessary to step back.
You noted that the Greeks surmised the world to be round long before the Age of the Enlightenment.
They also surmised much else we yet label as "mysticism" and "superstition."
The Greeks "divined" the significance of the Golden Ratio thousands of years ago, yet make mention of the this ratio upon this forum, in spite of its precise relationship to pi [ 5*arccos (phi/2) ], for instance, and you will be immediately labeled a "crank" or a "mystic" or a "numerologist." Rather absurd given the ubiquity of pi in Physics formulas.
Meanwhile... a line from a 2008 paper, "Temporal Interactions between Cortical Rhythms":
The modal peak frequencies fall into distinct bands, with approximately twice as many bands as expected from a natural log distribution. Instead, the bands appear approximately distributed according to ‘phi’ (the ‘golden mean’) rather than ‘e’ – a constant commonly associated with the organisation of complex natural systems (Atela et al., 2002).http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlere...i?artid=2622758
(Check out the paper if only for the list of authors and Institutional affiliations)
Is it possible that thousands of years later we are only yet beginning to understand just how much knowledge Humankind managed to attain "way back when" on the basis of simple pure logic, observation through time, and, yes, even a commitment to what one might term the "poetic sensibility," a sensibility Biologist E.O Wilson (Consilience) of Harvard might term the "Ionian Enchantment"?