Further note to self: get higher IQ.
| By Mr. Punch, 01-26-2007 07:07 PM |
Science deals with facts and religion with fantasy and subjective feelings. Science will hit bedrock from time to time, religion will just dabble on forever.
Are fantasy and subjective feelings sort of the equivalent of "junk DNA?" And...BTW...isn't it being discovered that so-called "junk" DNA may not be so junky after all?
It has been argued (by smarter people than I, not that that should convince anyone, of course) that religion is what has actually developed our intellects in the West to the point where science became possible:
It is a curious accident of history that the Christian religion became so heavily involved with theology. No other religion finds it necessary to formulate precise statements about the abstract qualities and relationships of gods and humans. |
There is nothing analogous to theology in Judaism or Islam. ...
The prominence of theology in the Christian world has had two important consequences for the history of science.
On the one hand, Western science grew out of Christian theology. It is probably not an accident that modern science grew explosively in Christian Europe and left the rest of the world behind. A thousand years of theological disputes nurtured the habit of analytical thinking that could also be applied to the analysis of natural phenomena.
The common root of modern science and Christian theology was Greek philosophy. The historical accident that caused the Christian religion to become heavily theological was the fact that Jesus was born in the eastern part of the Roman Empire at a time when the prevailing culture was profoundly Greek.
--Freeman Dyson, The Scientist as Rebel
Yup, I think Religion and Science are evolutionary drivers of each other alrighty. We should add Philosophy in there too.