On 21 Jan 2013, at 22:20, meekerdb wrote:
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
Yes, it is only the recently, since the Enlightenment, that science
has displaced theology as the main source of knowledge about the
This is non sense. Science is not domain. It points only to an
attitude. Science cannot displace theology, like it cannot displace
genetics. It can give evidence that some theological theories are
wrong headed, or that some theories in genetics are not supported by
facts, but science cannot eliminate any field of inquiry, or it
becomes automatically a pseudo-religion itself (as it is the case for
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...
OK. This shows that religion provides answer, and then the scientific
attitude can lead to corrections, making those answers into abandoned
theories. This really illustrates my point. Now some go farer and make
"primary matter" the new God. that's OK in a treatise of metaphysics,
when physicalism is explicitly assumed or discussed, but some
scientists, notably when vindictive strong atheists I met, just mock
the questions and imposes the physicalist answer like if that, an only
that, was science. This is just deeply not scientific.
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