Monday, March 28, 2011

Notable Quotable

"If we are going to teach 'Creation Science' . . . as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the 'Stork Theory' as an alternative to biological reproduction." ~Judith Hayes~

"Science . . . has opened our eyes to the vastness of the universe and given us light, truth and freedom from fear - where once was darkness, ignorance and superstition." ~Luther Burbank~

I found these two quotes and, of course, I think we could add Carl Sagan saying " Reason is a candle in the darkness."  Hope I correctly quoted Carl.  I know I am close:)

I in no way "worship science" which is a red herring thrown about by fundamentalists and a few others in Christianity.  I do believe that science has shown us the vastness of the Universe.  The possibilities of endless numbers of planets around this Universe.  Thus, the likelihood that there are far more sentient beings in the Universe is growing exponentially.  Now, they all live so far away and they are so spread out in the vastness of time we will probably never meet them.  Yet, these other sentient beings either have in the past, are now or will be in the future "out there".

I also believe that science does not have all the answers.  It doesn't have all the questions.  Why are we here?  Why is this society better than that society?  Is our society being all that it can be?  So many questions that science can only give us clues for.  The answers lie in our hearts and minds.  It is we, as a thinking species, that will have to sort these kind of questions out.  Science can help.

Relying on an outside source like the Bible, the Koran, gods and demons is immature.  Science has been helping us to grow up by allowing us to see these "parent figures" for what they are.  Substitutes for taking responsibility where we need to and accepting the way life is when that is necessary.  In essence, our species is being allowed to "grow up".  Our reasoning mind must be kicked into high gear and allowed to assess our emotional mind so that we can decide what is a reasonable emotion and what actions we can or should take [children are lovable therefore we should take care of them] and what is an unreasonable emotion and/or action [I should beat my wife because I am angry.]

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