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  •  Also "Beware of finding ... (6+ / 0-)

    what you are looking for." - Dick Hamming

    I really get irritated with scientists (and I'm a scientist myself) who come up with absolute answers for which they have little or no evidence and no way to test it.  I was taught that science can answer - at least to a large degree- proximate questions - e.g. how did something happen?  In fact it is very good at this because it can require tests that can falsify a hypothesis about mechanisms.  Evolution by Natural Selection is not disputed among scientists because it has passed many tests without being falsified.  Because we cannot design any test that would answer the question or allow it to be falsified, we cannot say what the point of evolution is, if there is one (and we can't be sure of that either!)  

    On the other hand there are, in my opinion, no reasons to believe that ancient religious texts are in any way accurate historical documents. In fact there is a lot of evidence to the contrary.  Thus there is no proof that any religion is true in an empirical sense.  This does not mean that all religion is false (one cannot, as my philosophy instructor Dr. Knipe said, disprove or prove the existence of God or gods, or goddesses), only that religious dogma cannot be scientific and must be taken on faith, if at all.  Still we scientists have our own unprovable faith - that the universe should make sense and that gaining knowledge of it is worthwhile.

    •  And add into that mix, (5+ / 0-)

      that while we human beings are endowed with the five senses, we are also limited to them. There is no reason to assume that our 5 senses are all we need to experience all there is of the world around us. Yet, that is the silent assumption most all of us make while it could very well be there is much of existence we are incapable of detecting or experiencing as we are limited to what our nerves and brains- our "meat", provide us.

      Perhaps all of physical existence is a cocoon stage in our evolution. Perhaps not.

      The assumption that nothing can exist beyond our power to know it is brazenly arrogant, though not consciously held.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:33:20 AM PDT

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