"People Don't Want The Meaning Of Life, They Want The Experience Of Life"

Adam Frank distills the "spirituality vs science" debate:

Spirituality, at its best, points us away from easy codifications when it shows us how to immerse ourselves in the simple, inescapable act of being.  Science at its root is also an expression of reverence and awe for the endless varied, resonantly beautiful experience we can find ourselves immersed in.  ... So, can we stop thinking that discussions about science and religion have to focus on who has the best set of facts?

When it comes to the natural world, it's hard to see how science is not going win the "facts" war hands down. But if we broaden our view to see being as the central issue, then connections between science and spiritual longing might be seen in an entirely different light.