Again. Evidence.

Today I received the following comment on my last entry:

“When I was looking at the trailer, the question that struck me is, “How smart do you have to be to design a universe?” Is it possible that someone or something is even smarter. (Not to be confused with America’s most smartest model.)

The theory that everything was design doesn’t tell us how or why,and really not who. Without those answers, I’m not sure what the value of theory is. Creationism tries to answers those questions but it’s really all on faith. In fact, it all may simply be made up by relatively primative people.

Science on the other hand often acts like a religion and resists challenges to a lot of basic doctorine. Today, it tends to go where the research money is. Try discussing global warming sometime. It’s treated as hierarchy if you don’t tow the party line. Science by consensus is not science. How many times has the lone dissenter been right?”

To Steve:

The first part of that was appreciated. However, I’d like to talk a bit about why science is not a religion.

There are too many lone dissenters in history to count exactly how many time they’ve been wrong or right. You can come up with dozens of examples of when the general consensus was wrong and the lone dissenter was right, and you can come up with dozens of examples when the general consensus was correct, and the lone dissenter is still considered a nut case. Galileo can be considered a lone dissenter, and so can Darwin… as can people who believe in aliens. The difference between them, and revolutionary scientists like Galileo is… EVIDENCE!

I’d also like to point out that dissenters whose ideas are accepted today were dissenters in a time when the scientific method was not what it is now. Back then, and in Creationism today, Bible quotes were used as evidence. The Great Flood was considered an actual historic event… until contradictory evidence was brought up.

That’s the difference between science and religion.Science Vs. Religion

3 responses to this post.

  1. I am not sure what contradictory evidence you are speaking of regarding the “great flood” unless you mean in a general science sort of way like, there isn’t enough water to cover all the earth, you could never get two of each animal on a boat that size, how did he drop the kangaroos off in Australia, etc., but, there is evidence that the flood mentioned in “the bible” was based on an actual event, albeit a very local event. Which, to me, reinforces that “the bible” (sorry, can’t help but put that in quotes) is just a collection of legend and handed down stories that were sometimes based on actual happenings but could never be accepted as evidence for anything. It’s impossible to sort the history from the lies and edits so it is worthless as a reference source.

  2. Posted by splendidelles on December 12, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Well, yes… The stuff with there not being enough water in the world, and with the animals… But also the fact that there is no geological evidence that a worldwide flood occurred.

    I have heard that the flood story was based on an actual event, but it’s obviously been stretched to make it seem more miraculous and jazzy.

  3. One theory is that the biblical flood was actually the previously freshwater lake we now call the Black Sea being flooded by rising water levels in the Mediterranean. Bob Ballard (the guy that found the Titanic) found evidence of structures on long submerged shorelines there 7 or 8 years ago.

    As you say, “it’s obviously been stretched to make it seem more miraculous and jazzy”, but, the primitive society there 7000 years ago had no real view of the full extent of the world. I don’t blame them for the report, I blame those today that take every word said (and resaid and translated and retranslated) as gospel.

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