On 1/21/2013 9:11 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
It is only recently, as the limitations of the narrow Western approach are being
revealed on a global scale, that science has fallen into a fundamentalist pathology
which makes an enemy of teleology.
Yes, it is only the recently, since the Enlightenment, that science has displaced theology
as the main source of knowledge about the world. Coincidentally is only recently that the
sin theory of disease was replaced by the germ theory...that the geocentric model of the
solar system was replaced by the heliocentric...that insanity has been due to bad brain
chemistry instead of possession by demons...that democracy has replaced the divine right
of kings...that lightning rods have protected us from the wrath of God...that the
suffering of women in childbirth has been alleviated...
There is no conflict between science and teleology - in fact science tries to be
predictive and so it the best tool for realizing a goal.
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