[extropy-chat] Be[ing] or Not Be[ing]
Johnius at Genius.UCSD.edu
Wed Apr 14 06:23:50 UTC 2004
Olga Bourlin wrote:
>"In the fullness of time," he continued, "educated people will believe there
>is no soul independent of the body, and hence no life after death."
>Hmmm, the ... "educated"? Don't the "educated" already know this?
Paul Bridger wrote:
>Unfortunately not. Even among scientists, where you would expect the
>lowest incidence of non-rationality, there still exist a surprising
>proportion of people who claim to believe such unsubstantiated claims.
On UCSD TV, there was a recent series of lectures by
'educated' people, including 'scientists', who took
great pains to poke holes in evolutionary theory and
to try to prove that it is extremely unlikely that
the universe wasn't designed. These lectures were
spearheaded by Michael Denton (_Evolution: A Theory in Crisis_,
and _Nature's Destiny : How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose
in the Universe_), with appearances by Michael Behe (_Darwin's
Black Box: the biochemical challenge to evolution_), and William
Dembski (_The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest
Questions About Intelligent Design_), to name a few.
One episode seemed to have 12-15 different 'scientists',
all of whom were doing everything in their power to refute
non-theistic science. I remember feeling a bit angry and
frustrated with these guys, and with UCSD for giving them
air time ... but after thinking about it, perhaps these
religionists raise some valid questions about weaknesses
in current theories of universe spontaneous order and
life evolution. If we can rise to their challenge and
answer their objections, then so much the better. So,
I suppose they have their function...
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