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  •  I don't feel the least bit contemptuous of anyone (1+ / 0-)
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    vox humana

    It was more like awe and wonder (at many parenthetical levels) I felt after watching segments of the conference that seemed worth sharing, the idea that the greatest story ever told might be about nature itself.

    I'm a pretty strong "believer" in human universals, including aesthetic and emotional epiphanies, however they are provoked, i.e., I believe they exist, whether provoked by natural wonders or human stories.

    I do think that natural science has some features that appear to be improvements over idiosyncratic belief systems.  Francis Collins is a Christian who also believes that the scientific method is the way to go, the best way to "understand the mind of god," who I am sure he feels is the source of all natural wonders.  He is not the only religious scientist on the planet, to be sure.  I certainly haven't claimed that science and religion are either/or propositions.

    I don't see the level of scorn for or derision of religion that you seem to see, nor do I see too many statements actually posing as scientific.  I noted where I thought Dawkins was possibly going over-board, and where I was interpreting his other statements, perhaps incorrectly.  Maybe I should re-read the thread.  

     

    We don't have time for short-term thinking.

    by Compound F on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 07:17:03 PM PST

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    •  I'm sorry, C F. (1+ / 0-)
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      I think I stated my comments were not directed at you. Science diaries that mix religion and then bring out cranks and frauds (to put it kindly) seem to bring out the worst in me.

      Of course I know there are other options. That's my point. I view the comments here in the context of other comments by some of the same posters who posted here.

      Please know, it's not you! I say again, this is a great diary! I just resent some of the contemptuous, dismissive and uninformed comments I see here. I don't expect you to see them as such, and my comments aren't aimed at you. Thank you for all you have posted.

      Sincerely,

      The law is slacked and judgment doth never go forth: the wicked compass about the righteous and wrong judgment proceedeth - Habakkuk 1:4

      by vox humana on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 07:23:01 PM PST

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    •  it would appear that you may be referring to (1+ / 0-)
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      the specific sub-thread on the topic of imprinting.  I suggest re-reading it to see what is actually being said.  

      We don't have time for short-term thinking.

      by Compound F on Sun Nov 26, 2006 at 07:26:25 PM PST

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