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Science is fine, but as Aurobindo famously stated, it will only take you so far. I'm personally not very empathetic to the modern urge to reconcile religion and science, nor to meld religious belief with scientific observation. Once the religious - or spiritual - experience has been encountered, it needs no further justification. If it has any true power, it is experienced as a higher form of knowing, and cannot be undermined by someone else's logic, or someone else's facts. A polite colloquy about whatever issues might be raised by that experience is of course fine, but there can be no real debate. Spirituality is internal - not external - which is largely the opposite of how we might define science.

One more quick point. NASA often justifies its expenditures by pointing to the indirect benefits of its research. If we hadn't gone to the moon, say, we wouldn't have invented Kevlar.

I prefer the direct investment approach. If I want a tough new material, that's what I'll work on. If I want a deeper understanding of the immaterial cosmos (assuming there is such a cosmos), I'll place my focus there, and not on going to the moon. True, I might learn something tangentially important to higher understanding by my moon-launch effort, but not without a lot of wasted motion.

So in my opinion, go first to where there are purported answers. Read, or at least investigate, the Pali Cannon, the Adi Granth, the Hadith, A Course In Miracles, the Q'uran, Meher Baba, The Urantia Book, Conversations With God, The Upanishads, Ken Wilber, The Life Divine - or perhaps even The Bible. In my opinion such efforts will be rewarded, and you will leave the astrophysicists in their own material dust.