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Come on people…

This article just appeared on NewScientists web site, and I have to say it’s a really, really depressing read. What ever happened to scientific standards? The scientific method? Evidence? Clutching to the “God of the Gaps”-explanation for everything science has yet to explain is just…sad. “See, see, you scientists can’t explain exactly, to the most minute detail, how the brain works, therefore it must be God, and we should teach this in science classes”. What would you think if your doctor said something like this to you: “Well, we don’t have any evidence for this treatment, we don’t really know what it does either, or if it has any effect, but does it really matter, ey?” It’s basically the same thing… Explaining one unknown (the workings of the brain) with another unknown (God) is really pointless. What good does it do us? No predictions flow from that explanation. No scientific progress can be made from that explanation. The whole point of scientific theories is to make predictions. Just look at the theory of gravity. We know that gravity says that two objects with masses so and so will attract each other, and so we can predict that an object dropped from a certain distance from the surface of the earth will fall towards it. So we use this prediction and build rockets, planes, satellites… That’s the whole point of science. I have nothing against religion, but don’t drag it into the science class rooms. Please…. And remember, the computer you’re using, the chair you’re sitting on, the mouse pad, the desk, the building…it all comes from scientific research. None of that would be available if everyone simply said “God did it”.

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October 22, 2008 - Posted by | General Science, General Skepticism | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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