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  1. So what is the attraction of looking at these ancient texts? Physics describes the behaviour of the universe: thermodynamics, relativity, quantum phenomena gives us insights into how the universe ticks. Quantum phenomena link the infinitesimally small to the unimaginably large cosmos. It shows the universe is all interconnected. We certainly don't have all the answers or certainty for that matter, but that is OK. Chemistry describes to us how the building blocks of life come together, how biochemistry shapes us. How chemical patterns over time have evolved to form life. It shows we
  2. I think you know my position well Paul. Why would someone look to a two thousand year old world view to live life by? Surely, there are more current sources. The ancients do not have a monopoly on truth, never mind unchanging truth. I would argue our understanding of evolution and the resulting interconnectedness of life and the inanimate 'should' give us pause to give a momentary sense of awe.
  3. John, I replied to you on this topic in the science and religion thread on March 14th
  4. Welcome Anona Hope you find what you are looking for here. If you would like a view from a very secular and devout agnostic, I am happy to provide mine. Welcome
  5. The fifth letter has been posted, Jerry's rebuttal of Adam's fourth (second) .... I must admit Jerry dismantles Adam's points nicely - at least for me. Elsewhere Jerry suggests the series number may increase by two to eight letters.
  6. Click on yourself top right hand corner Account settings Notification settings Mentions and My Content Highlight email That should do it
  7. Adam Gopnik ... posted his second letter in the series of six. I found he misrepresents science. I get where he is coming from but he very carefully skirts around the issue.
  8. North America and then expand into South America ... then rest of the world. The Americas were relatively easy to defend.
  9. Yeah ... that reminds of my late friend when we played Risk as kids and Yakutsk was some desolate part of north eastern Asia.
  10. Yeah Paul Yours is bigger than mine too.
  11. Here is the third letter of the planned six. I am not sure what Jerry Coyne can add from a scientific point of view. Andrew Gopnik did not really give him a lot to discuss or rebut in Andrew's first letter. I suppose it could be argued that spirituality is not the same as art and literature. But then spirituality seems to be something that is purely in the eye of the beholder. Apparently it is something that goes beyond human experience a term for me which is close to beyond comprehension and is a little bit like arm waving.
  12. I was reading about the simulation hypothesis and came across this I have a general comment about the difference between religion and science. Take an example from Christian faith, like Jesus healing the blind and lame. It’s a religious story, but not because it’s impossible to heal blind and lame people. One day we might well be able to do that. It’s a religious story because it doesn’t explain how the healing supposedly happens. The whole point is that the believers take it on faith. In science, in contrast, we require explanations for how something works. Sabine I find quite inter
  13. Well Adam's reply did not sway me. He brings up the point that a book might bring up the same conclusion a scientific study. Fair enough, what if the two disagreed, what if we brought to the table different studies or different books that did not share the same conclusion? Where do we go from there? While I was awaiting Adam's first reply to "other ways of knowing", I thought the concept might be useful to "educate" those who are not swayed by scientific evidence. For example for those who are not swayed to be free will skeptics, I could point to Kurt Vonnegut's classic Slaughterhous
  14. That's his dharma too ... but perhaps a not very happy one. ... I really recommend Joseph Campbell's Pathways to Bliss and Myths of Light. That I understand ... my dharma was to be a chemist, I was lucky I enjoyed it. Was it useful?
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