Science is the best thing we can do. And I think it is better for men to seek order in a chaotic manner instead to study chaos in an orderly fashion.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

religious crackpots

Unfortunately, Romanian journalism is full of crackpots and laymen. It does not worth reading many texts which are supposed to be serious, like this one (written in Romanian: if you cannot read it, you don't miss anything).
Faith, being belief that isn't based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion.
Richard Dawkins

Well, science is not religion and it doesn't just come down to faith. Although it has many of religion's virtues, it has none of its vices. Science is based upon verifiable evidence. Religious faith not only lacks evidence, its independence from evidence is its pride and joy, shouted from the rooftops.
Richard Dawkins

One reason I receive the comment about science being a religion is because I believe in the fact of evolution. I even believe in it with passionate conviction. To some, this may superficially look like faith. But the evidence that makes me believe in evolution is not only overwhelmingly strong; it is freely available to anyone who takes the trouble to read up on it. Anyone can study the same evidence that I have and presumably come to the same conclusion. But if you have a belief that is based solely on faith, I can't examine your reasons. You can retreat behind the private wall of faith where I can't reach you.
Richard Dawkins

You may also want to see this refreshing clip.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics"
- Benny Shanon, professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

For details, see this article.


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