Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dr. Krauss Schools Santorum...

...at least, it's a far less salacious result of "The Google."





Dr. Lawrence Krauss is a Theoretical Physicist and Foundation Professor and Director of the Origins Initiative, Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, School of Earth and Space Exploration, BEYOND Center, Department of Physics at Arizona State University, and author of popular physics books like The Physics of Star Trek. This is a noble, balanced attempt at a dialogue of understanding.

Some of the incredible things in this presentation that I saw:
- 50% of US adults know the earth orbits the sun! (Really? Just 50%!)
- Science is fundamentally immoral (Evil Mad Scientist), and therefore must be wrong.
- Slide: Bad Theology!..a disservice to all people of faith to imply that it is better for our children to remain ignorant of the world than to risk the possibility that knowledge may undermine their faith! (0:22:03)

For political points, there's been a marketing campaign to "teach the controversy"; "teach both sides" as if a great debate still exists.

I am part of a community of faith. For my own family and the Diaspora in general, it was the most efficient means to organize in the aftermath of Emancipation. In some churches (not the one I currently participate), there's a certain orthodoxy that must be accepted, and any deviation is almost attacked...literally. I recall an email exchange between myself and a minister - regarding that I'd read, understood and agreed with "Origin of the Species" and that I did not disagree that the universe was 13.7 billion years old - that wound up in her sermon! I obviously no longer participate in that group.

A 2004 article on National Geographic notes: "In a 1997 survey in the science journal Nature, 40 percent of U.S. scientists said they believe in God—not just a creator, but a God to whom one can pray in expectation of an answer. That is the same percentage of scientists who were believers when the survey was taken 80 years earlier."

Being a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician (S.T.E.M. nerd), means you're versed and skilled in The Scientific Method. In a laboratory and workplace that reflects the diversity of humanity, that is the one unifying truth that must be adhered to to get work accomplished.

I am still waiting for a political debate where the questions are moderated by a S.T.E.M. panel. A true "no-spin zone." The answers and outcome would be, in Spock's words, "fascinating."

Any knowledge that undermines a personal faith, is in the end, no faith at all...

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