9.5.08

Ciència i religió

El conflicte entre ciència i religió; innecessari i exagerat?
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Q: Does religiously motivated rejection of evolution (e.g. creationism) ever get in your way when working?
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A: I don’t experience this kind of resistance in science, in which evolutionary theory is obviously the dominant paradigm. Creationists sometimes try to create the impression that lots of scientists have their doubts about the theory, but I have yet to meet such scientists. I’d be surprised if more than 0.1 percent of active research biologists have such doubts.
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When I came to this country, over twenty-five years ago, I was amazed that creationism was still taken seriously, and assumed that it would blow over. It never did, of course. I can’t help but look at it as a left-over of a medieval mind-set unresponsive to overwhelming counter-evidence.
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At the same time, I must say that I don’t think the recent wave of God-questioning rants have helped much. They have polarized the issue, whereas in my mind it is eminently possible to look at religion as a collective value system and at science as telling us how the physical world operates. Even though I am not religious myself, I think the conflict between science and religion is unnecessary and overblown.
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Woody Allen dijo que no hay ateos la noche anterior a un examen. ¿A usted ni siquiera se le pasa la idea de un ser superior antes de subir a un avión en una tormenta, por ejemplo?
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–Nadie subiría a un avión si dijesen que está conducido por la oración de curas o actos mágicos. Cuando subimos a un avión es el preciso momento en el cual todo el mundo confía en la ciencia ciegamente; la gente se vuelve totalmente materialista; de golpe, todos creen en las leyes de la física, en Newton, en los ingenieros de la NASA. Si dijeran por los altavoces que van a soltar las turbinas del avión y unos curas se van a poner a rezar el rosario para que la nave llegue a buen puerto, todos desesperarían, hasta los más creyentes.
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