August 31, 2009

ONE DIVIDED BY TWO IS ONE:

An Update on C. P. Snow's "Two Cultures" (Lawrence M. Krauss, 8/31/09, Scientific American)

Ultimately, science is at best only consistent with a God that does not directly intervene in the daily operations of the cosmos, certainly not the personal and ancient gods associated with the world’s great religions. Even though, as physicist Steven Weinberg has emphasized, most people who call themselves religious tend to adhere to only those bits and pieces from scripture that appeal to them, by according undue respect for ancient religious beliefs in general, we nonetheless are suggesting that they are on par with conclusions that have been drawn from centuries of rational empirical investigation.

Snow hoped for a world that is quite different from how we live today, where indifference to science has, through religious fundamentalism, sometimes morphed into open hostility about concepts such as evolution and the big bang.


The problem for Snow and Mr. Krauss is that the more we know the more science converges on the ancient wisdom of the "intellectuals" of The Two Cultures and the more misguided the intellectuals of their own sort appear to be. With even leading Darwinists espousing intelligent design theories and the geocentrism of modern physics, we're pretty much back to the One culture.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2009 8:45 AM
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