The Templeton Foundation gives sizeable grants to projects for  
reconciling science and religion, and awards a yearly prize of two  
million dollars to a philosopher or scientist whose work highlights  
the "spiritual dimension of scientific progress."

Go for it, Bruno! If Paul Davies can do it with a rather mediocre tome  
like "The Mind of God" - you will surely impress them with your  
machine theology - none of which they will understand, so it will  
surely command respect.

Not a cynical suggestion; if the Templeton Foundation is anything  
beyond a perverse attempt to reward scientists who are prepared to say  
something nice about religion, then your setting this whole science/ 
religion (physical sciences/human sciences; whatever) house in order  
will surely be worth the two million. And then you would be obliged to  
write a book about it all that will show the materialist/atheists a  
thing or two!

Hands up if you think Bruno should apply for a Templeton grant!!! With  
two million in his bank balance, he might even come out to Australia  
to visit me and Russell!!!

What happened to Step 7, Doctor?

warmest regards


Another annoying feature of the term "metaphysics" is that it has made  
it quasi-impossible for physicians to do metaphysics, since "meta"  
here has a sense corresponding to "meta" in metamathematics (the old  
name for Recursion Theory). Now, most physicians would argue (at least  
before the rise of the quantum) that such a "meta-physics" is simply  
physics. Which means: physicians, together with their laboratories and  
their libraries simply obey.... the laws of physics. OK, but when you  
say the same thing of quantum mechanics, you are now heading toward  
Everett and the Many-Worlds interpretation. Everett was the first  
serious "meta-physician" in that sense. Well, Galileo and Einstein  
(among others) also helped to prepare the terrain for this  
'desanthropomorphisation' process. Embedding the subject into the  
object of study. Embedding the spectator in the spectacles, as the  
Hindu says. - Bruno Marchal



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