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A Free-for-All on Science and Religion
« on: 2006-11-21 02:34:44 »
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A Free-for-All on Science and Religion
Published: November 21, 2006
The New York Times

Maybe the pivotal moment came when Steven Weinberg, a Nobel
laureate in physics, warned that “the world needs to wake up from its
long nightmare of religious belief,” or when a Nobelist in chemistry, Sir
Harold Kroto, called for the John Templeton Foundation to give its
next $1.5 million prize for “progress in spiritual discoveries” to an
atheist — Richard Dawkins, the Oxford evolutionary biologist whose
book “The God Delusion” is a national best-seller.

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Re:A Free-for-All on Science and Religion
« Reply #1 on: 2006-11-21 06:21:17 »
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Walter Watts kindly invited the CoV to enjoy a twiney feast he had prepared.

No matter how much I dislike the NYT (due to their extreme RW position), and loath PDF's (due to the difficulty citing them), I did enjoy it. Immensely.

My Thanks. Kind Regards


PS Regarding the advice in that piece, Hypatia may be the first not-yet-two-and -a-half year old to have visited BodyWorlds repeatedly, and despite 14 hours of driving being involved, wants to go again (and again and again and again, so I'm glad that v2 is opening in Chicago). Also, courtesy of familiarity with the idea of "pretending" (from careful preparation for not only action but also "horror films" (Tim Burton, Lemony Snickett, etc)), to enthuse non-stop about body bits - using correct terminology - on Halloween night, to the utter confusion of not just older children, but also of their parents. I quite look forward to having her explain the role of spasms of the intercostals during a cruci-fiction to some ardent believer. The night before last, being clear, she was treated to the tail-end of the rather splendiferous Leonids as an introduction to a monocular. I established some fascination with a planisphere, when it was recognized that "the sky is just like that." While we will do some more work on propter hoc, I'm hoping this becomes a habit too. Today if all goes well, we will be spending some time examining the intersection of applied aerodynamics using border collies and Frisbees. Who the hell needs "pretend" stuff when we live in such a fascinating place surrounded by so many wonderful things?

PPS Not yet being completely sure when she is being teased, she has quite sensible reservations ('perhaps the dog won't quite enjoy it') about watching blind people parachuting (ie. tie a seeing-eye dog to a 300' (actually we say 100m but you get the idea) rope at the waist. When the rope goes slack, pull the ripcord to slow down.)
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With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. - Steven Weinberg, 1999
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