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  •  Probably not the intention of its designer, (1+ / 0-)
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    but that version is inadvertently anti-science.  It implies science is a religion, and as such is not compatible with any other religion, since of course faith in one religion precludes practicing any other.

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 09:35:24 AM PDT

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    •  Not all faiths are exclusive (0+ / 0-)

      I was a Christian Taoist for a little while (before deciding to be just a Taoist). Probably lots of Christian Buddhists, too.

      On the other end of the spectrum, that one imam on the front page was saying that he was Christian, Jewish and Muslim, and possibly putting himself in danger by doing so.

    •  The scientific method certantly is incompatible (1+ / 0-)
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      with any kind of religion, by definition.

      Science begins with evidence and draws contingent conclusions based upon it. Contrary evidence forces revised conclusions. Science is an open, shared, democratic practice that encourages skepticism and has built-in error correction methods such as peer review, replicability and logical consistency.

      Science depends on progress and change and challenging the status quo.

      Religion begins with conclusions, cherry-picks supporting evidence, ignores refuting evidence, and makes up evidence when necessary to cling to a belief. Religion is based on handing down revelations and/or practices that provide required instructions that lead to preconceived results. If the results don't match expectations, the revelations are not questioned; rather, it is assumed that one is just "doing it wrong".

      Religion depends on conservation and stagnation and preserving the status quo.

      They are inherently incompatible - in fact, diametrically opposite - approaches to the world.

      Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

      by RandomActsOfReason on Sun Aug 22, 2010 at 02:09:33 PM PDT

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