Wednesday, January 28, 2009

no point in arguing creationism.

That is a page from my journal. I recently read an article about the tension that exist between the scientific and religious communities, specifically the ideas of evolution vs creationism. Here is something the article said,

"The world is a complex place, and there is much about the universe that we still don't understand. We are centuries away from closing the many gaps in our current scientific understanding of the natural world.... But it is the business of science to close gaps, and it has long been the central intuition of theology to find a better place to look for God.... Promoting "design" in isolation from God's other attributes is a dangerous and ultimately self-defeating way to get God back into science."

I think the last sentence of that excerpt is quite precise.

I was at Cogan's recently and I was thinking that my range of conversational interest is shrinking. I don't know how to have conversations that focus on things which are inconsequential to me, or at least I feel, and I've been told, that even though I may be earnestly trying, I come off as's circumstantial. I'm going to LA tomorrow, and you can bet your ass I'll be visiting the Elliott Smith wall! The other day, we took part in the wall raising of Rhonda's new house. It was a whole lot of fun. When I arrived, I parked near a fire hydrant, and a nice gentleman mentioned that I may be too close to the fire hydrant. It was a courteous gesture just to make sure I was aware of the possible consequence. As it turns out, that nice man was the mayor or Newport even if I did receive a ticket, I would've asked him to pardon it.


Blogger Melanie said...

I don't think one has to get God back into science. I guess it depends on your definition of science. Ultimately, God was the only one there in the beginning. I didn't see it. LOL

Theologians are often wrong. Scientists are often wrong.
It's the nature of things, I suppose.

I'm really happy to hear that Rhonda's home has been started. :) I wish I could have been there.

Hmmm... I wonder if the mayor would have pardoned your ticket. (Not sure they have that authority in a lot of places.) LOL It was nice of him to point it out to you, though. :) I'm glad you didn't get a ticket.

10:38 AM

Blogger David said...

yes, but when scientist are wrong, they are proven wrong empirically and accept their error, then move forward to get it right and amend their hypothesis or laws to the new evidence.

11:16 AM

Blogger chris zak said...

I've been listening to Figure 8 a bunch recently, for not much reason. I've had the album for over a year now, and have always appreciated it, but I don't think it has ever felt as right to me as it does now. So, ah, visit that wall for me too.

1:08 PM

Blogger David said...

yeah, i dig it.. figure 8 was one of his more elaborate records as far as instrumentation has some amazing songs. i love it! the harpsichord intro on junk bond trader rocks my world.

9:32 AM


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