Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Big Science gathers in La Jolla to talk religion, and the New York Times is there. Highlights:

  • Steven Weinberg: "The world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief."
  • Lawrence Krauss: "I think we need to respect people’s philosophical notions unless those notions are wrong." (Emphasis added to show the part that made me laugh.)
  • Richard Dawkins: "I am utterly fed up with the respect that we — all of us, including the secular among us — are brainwashed into bestowing on religion. Children are systematically taught that there is a higher kind of knowledge which comes from faith, which comes from revelation, which comes from scripture, which comes from tradition, and that it is the equal if not the superior of knowledge that comes from real evidence." You the man now, Dawk!
  • Melvin Konner: "“With a few notable exceptions, the viewpoints have run the gamut from A to B. Should we bash religion with a crowbar or only with a baseball bat?" Both, obviously.

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