23rd June 2008

“I am hostile to fundamentalist religion because it actively debauches scientific enterprise. It teaches us not to change our minds, and not to want to know exciting things that are available to be known.”

Richard Dawkins

6 Responses to “23rd June 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    We are all hostile to any religion, while realizing that it succours some of the suckers caught by it; but fundamentalist religion is far worse because it blinkers the victims to the true marvels of the world and universe out there, and to which they are sorrowfully blind.

  2. John Sutton Says:

    True, but it does not explain the phenomenon of the devoutly religious scientist.

  3. Hypatia Says:

    it does not explain the phenomenon of the devoutly religious scientist.

    John, I put this down to humans’ ability to compartmentalise their thinking. In this case, their emotional attachment to their religion is so strong they are impelled to create a logic and evidence free zone in which to maintain their beliefs whilst thinking about science with a completely different mindset.

    Some of us might call this “hypocrisy” 😉

  4. Terence Meaden Says:

    I think that none of the elite scientists are religious.

    Those relatively few scientists who are “devoutly religious” had their brains engulfed by the spiritual-belief virus while children, and despite becoming scientists when adults could not rid themselves of it.

  5. Bornagain A. Theist Says:

    That ‘blinders’ phenomenon reminds me of the way in which we are able to ‘believe’ a motion picture. The “suspension of disbelief”. Hence, a scientist, who intellectually knows the truth suspends his disbelief in God and the grand error of “belief” begins. Terence has to be correct in the “..brains being engulfed by the spiritual-belief virus..” presumption.

    BAT

  6. Chris Says:

    Show me a geologist that believes the world is six thousand years old and I’ll show you a person that suffers from pathological denial. Kent Hovind is of this type and he’s much worse than a hypocrite. Whenever I hear a “scientist” spouting religious babble, they are invariably speaking on a topic that was not covered by their education. A real scientist would not go beyond their area of expertise because they know that in real scientific circles, to get caught off-sides, as it were, is a career killer. Dawkins is, as ever, correct in his view of religion as mental chastity belt.

    I forget who said it but when a luminary of the Catholic church was asked “What was God doing before he created the universe?” the reply as “Creating Hell for people that ask those kinds of questions.”