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  •  I appreciate your thoughts. (0+ / 0-)

    After tonight I am not sure that your term, graciousness,, is apt, but we all have opinions.  Please elaborate how my my account of science is "narrow".  I do not believe that it is, and would like to know why you think so.

    My precept is that religion and science ask fundamentally different questions, even if many times the words are the same.  Religion seems to be, to me at least, a magical way to answer questions whilst science is more tangible.

    You might be quite correct that the two should combine to answer fundamental questions, but my study of history finds them to be mutually incompatible, because of the radical difference in the mindset that governs the way that they are applied.

    Warmest regards,


    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me over and over, then either I really love you blindly or I am a Republican.

    by Translator on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 07:58:21 PM PDT

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    •  to elaborate (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think religion and science should combine. I do think that the convenient and practical strategy of just saying our science has nothing to say about religious questions isn't quite honest. The questions overlap more than we would like. In many cases, e.g. concerning the development of life, we should give creationists credit for having a sort of fuzzy hypothesis. The flipside of that is that hypotheses can be tested, and their's is wrong.

      I'll probably get too long-winded on the philosophy of science. You should be warned that in the course I teach on it we spend over a month on two questions:
      Does the Earth go around the Sun or vice versa?
      Why is it dark at night?

      Michael Weissman UID 197542

      by docmidwest on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:18:47 PM PDT

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    •  p.s. I occasionally use irony. nt (1+ / 0-)
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      Michael Weissman UID 197542

      by docmidwest on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:27:44 PM PDT

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