science is not about the self. pure science has nothing to do with the "self". there are no "duplicitous definitions in science, more like conceptions that exist in of themselves as a challenge, saying "Prove this idea wrong. if you try and succeed you have thankfully eliminated faulty science, if you try and fail, you have provided another rock for the concept to stand on." science is nothing more than a tool. it has no metaphysical repercussions. science provides no moralistic or spiritual guidelines. in fact in many cases it raises moralistic questions but does nothing to answer them. example: you work to develop nuclear power because you wish to provide and energy source. but nuclear power is EXTREMELY dangerous. but it's not, never has been and never will be the responsibility of science to solve these kinds of paradoxes. and it is NOT the professor who grades the absorbtion into the sciences. the professor gives you the tool called science. if your ideas and theories and hypotheses don't fit with what is taught, the very nature of science calls for you to test both the scientific establishment and your own ideas, subject them to immence scrutiny. though often when professors get old, they tend to putter around in the lab as opposed to work. I call your attention to our most famous physicist Albert Einstein. a patent clerk. not a professor. in fact he could not get a job as a professor during his most prolific year. why? because his science was pure. observation, experiment, and analysis to the exclusion of all else. to compare science to religion is to compare apples to oranges. science is a process. a method.