A discussion on science and god
Can science and religion coexist
I study single organisms and beehives. Most people understand that sexual lust has to do with propagating genes. In support of this view, he surveys the history of morality, arguing that there is a moral Zeitgeist that continually evolves in society, generally progressing toward liberalism. The discussion pitted the perspectives from both sides against one another: Does science refute religion? COLLINS: The gravitational constant, if it were off by one part in a hundred million million, then the expansion of the universe after the Big Bang would not have occurred in the fashion that was necessary for life to occur. Think of early Christianity. How many do you think? People assume that those who aren't religious don't have a rich inner life. If nothing else, we must acknowledge that evolution does not occur gradually over very long periods of time.
However, Polkinghorne offers no compelling resolution of the real difficulties between faith and reason in the late 20th and now 21st century. Collins, I know you favor the opening of new stem-cell lines for experimentation.
Is it bad to have creationism taught in school, or isn't it?
God and science
Finding a spokesman for this side of the question was not hard, since Richard Dawkins, perhaps its foremost polemicist, has just come out with The God Delusion Houghton Mifflin , the rare volume whose position is so clear it forgoes a subtitle. If you were looking to steer away from Amazon and also want something that cheaper, then Book Depository is also a great option. The time is past due for the scientists to speak in no uncertain terms: the fundamentalist does not quibble or dodge; he is using every means in his power to place the Bible and his interpretation of religion in the field of learning. It's rather public. Why is this something that we want to encourage? Communication can be a nervous system that creates larger groups, but it's important to say that that's not inevitable, by any means. The difference is that my presumption of the possibility of God and therefore the supernatural is not zero, and yours is. Through science and the use of mathematical rules, we can and do understand how nature works. Time International, Sunday, November 5,
We are the only intelligent life that has existed on the planet and we have only been here for 0. Individuals won't do it by themselves.
Scientists who believe in god
By no means were there only pious puritans who came over. This is what I meant when I talked about religion veering toward authoritarian and extreme positions, and this is why I finally felt compelled to speak out. There is also the desire for an afterlife, which is a strong pull for a lot of people who get involved in religion. His approach is to explain the agreed upon modern science, identify any misconceptions held about the science or the religion, and then explain how the Jewish interpretation of the Torah matches the science. The amount of scholarship on this is huge. If God wanted to create life and create humans, it would be slightly odd that he should choose the extraordinarily roundabout way of waiting for 10 billion years before life got started and then waiting for another 4 billion years until you got human beings capable of worshipping and sinning and all the other things religious people are interested in. I'm a veteran of the group selection wars. So I can answer the question, how many religions in this sample were spread by violent conquest? Well, probably not. Matter and physics, it turns out, have many possible alternative paths until one is determined through observation. COLLINS: There is a whole field of inquiry that has come up in the last 30 or 40 years--some call it sociobiology or evolutionary psychology--relating to where we get our moral sense and why we value the idea of altruism, and locating both answers in behavioral adaptations for the preservation of our genes.
Scientists are willing to speak out against part of it. It could go the other way. Messenger Science and religion are often cast as opponents in a battle for human hearts and minds.
This is the basic set-up of his argument against the existence of God, the Ultimate Boeing gambit where he argues that the first attempt is self-refuting, and the second approach is the way forward.
Howard Dean, who's probably not religious at all, had to play the game.
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