As the world turns and tumbles, some talk sane

There is nothing as tedious and to no end, as the current science/scientism/creatonism/faith/religion “controversies”, we are so bored. Please stop. Get a life. DO something. Take a galactic plane to the stars:

to the stars...and beyond

 The field of these “controversy wars” is scattered with cadavers, some very obviously, ‘collateral damage” that have nothing to contribute because they are already dead: SJ Gould for instance. We all loved him as undergrads and his writings and books are superb. But he has been vilified for in Rock of Ages: “”the empirical realm: what the universe is made of (fact) and why does it work in this way (theory). The magisterium of religion extends over questions of ultimate meaning and moral value. These two magisteria do not overlap, nor do they encompass all inquiry.” NOMA as this suggestion is known, has demoted SJ Gould as an “accomodationist” in some atheists’ parlance (they come up with some awful terms), and his science deemed second rate by fourth rate evolutionary biologists turned “enlightened” atheists for lack of any decent science to show.

Evangelicals and other sects that spout fundamentalist “factions” are a pain in the ass because they infect the territory of human nature with their adamant stance on science. In this framework it is refreshing to read at the NYT  “The evangelical rejection of science”, a rather surprising opinion (Giberson and Stephens):

“The rejection of science  seems to be part of a politically monolithic red-state fundamentalism, textbook evidence of an unyielding ignorance on the part of the religious. As one fundamentalist slogan puts it, “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” But evangelical Christianity need not be defined by the simplistic theology, cultural isolationism and stubborn anti-intellectualism that most of the Republican candidates have embraced.” (i dont particularly care for these groups in anycase).

This is the kind of argument that makes an impact in any relevant to life decision today and that will influence the way we live the next decade(s), through vote. The decade of the7b. I would only hope the loud idiots in both aisles of the “controversies” start contributing to mitigate the dark of the future. But probably many, in the light of the Better Angels’ argument, Pinkers’ last book, will do nothing since he has convincingly shown we are flourishing in  peace, technology and “progress”…long yawn……what an enlightened  idiot (Pinker).

After writing this I read Douthat’s NYT second opinion of Pinkers’ book. And he quotes from other reviews. Something that astonishes me is the level of…’suckupism”..for lack of a word that describes the absolutely repugnant synergism between the so called Horsemen of Enlightenment: “you suck mine , ill suck yours” (book apparently)  kinda thing. I suggest they are intellectually dishonest. Ayone disagreeing is excommunicated (?). (The worst of them all is Coyne). I sort of agree with Douthat:

“Pinker has written a Whig’s interpretation of history, and he is never more Whiggish than in his assumption that we owe almost everything to the Enlightenment, and all that came before was a long medieval dark.”

(if it wasnt for the enlightenment, these newly enlightened  guys wouldnt have anything to contribute to real life). 

 I mean it is so OBVIOUSLY obvious life was harder before…..

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