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?
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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