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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Wonders of Nature

I wouldn't want anyone to think that my juxtaposition of the Gettysburg address as a celebration of Lincoln's birthday and of Gary Larson cartoons to celebrate that of Darwin was intended in any way to be disrespectful of Darwin. So here are a couple of video clips which eloquently demonstrate some of the evidence for Darwin's theory, as well as the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the believers in "Intelligent Design". The 'trial' referred to in the clips is Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (2005), where a group of concerned parents took the Dover School board to court over its proposal to teach Intelligent Design (i.e creationism) in science classes. (The parents won.)

Here is an excellent interview with Ken Miller. I especially liked the following:

I'm a scientist and I have faith in God. But that doesn't make faith a scientific proposition. Faith and reason are both necessary to the religious person for a proper understanding of the world in which we live, and there is ultimately no necessary contradiction between reason and faith.


Q: Does science have limits to what it can tell us?

Miller: If science is competent at anything, it's in investigating the natural and material world around us. What science isn't very good at is answering questions that also matter to us in a big way, such as the meaning, value, and purpose of things. Science is silent on those issues. There are a whole host of philosophical and moral questions that are important to us as human beings for which we have to make up our minds using a method outside of science.

Q: Can science prove or disprove the existence of a creator, of God?

Miller: Whether God exists or not is not a scientific question.

Now stop worrying and enjoy your life, whether you believe in a God or not.


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