Archive for November 13th, 2010
A FaceBook friend just shared a post called The Myth of Separate Magisteria that argues that Steven Jay Gould’s premise of Non-Overlapping Magisteria is flawed.
“One might as well say that conflict arises between men and women only when they stray onto each other’s territories and stir up trouble. Science produces discoveries that challenge long-held beliefs (not only religious ones) based on revelation rather than evidence, and the religious must decide whether to battle or accommodate secular knowledge if it contradicts their teachings.
I usually claim NOMA when pressed on whether Science can disprove God. The realms of revelation vs. evidence can be kept separate as long as religion keeps stepping back as verifiable research claims ever more territory.
Scientific understanding will keep stepping on religions skirts until the faithful stick to claims that can only be held on faith, and stop claiming “truth” about things for which there is contradictory evidence.
God is a fuzzy and non-falsifiable idea. Science will never disprove God. But it has disproved most of what the Bible claims about God’s involvement in nature, the Earth, and the Universe.
So these ways of looking at the universe do overlap, until such time as the weaker one bows out of the territory. As with the flat Earth, the Sin theory of gravity, the God’s Pillars principle of Earthquakes, God’s Wrath principle of extreme weather, the Geocentric universe, the Young Earth, and so on.
A letter I received from Free Press a couple weeks ago lays out some very disturbing things that are happening because of government policies are failing and our public officials are timid. They would rather let corporations put their profits ahead of the public interest. Here are a few of the examples laid out in the letter I received:
The Federal Communications Commission currently does not have the power to protect Internet users or make rules for the communications networks of the 21st-century. It is unwilling to reassert its authority to do so.
Google and Verizon have made a pact that could end net neutrality, and with it, the Internet as we know it. But the FCC chairman hasn’t said a word against-or taken action that could stop– this dangerous deal.
The Comcast-NBC Universal merger threatens to create one of the largest media empires ever, with vast control over content and distribution. Yet government agencies appear poised to rubberstamp the deal.
Free Press indicates that net neutrality is the biggest battle we are facing right now in media reform:
Nowhere are the stakes higher than in the fight to secure the open Internet. The largest phone, cable and Internet companies are funneling millions of dollars a day to politicians and into a massive lobbying campaign to win policies that will turn the Internet into their own private highway.
The letter is a request for contributions to allow Free Press to continue fighting these battles. I would highly recommend anyone who is concerned to visit the Free Press site and consider contributing.