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Gerald O'brian


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Evolution: "just a theory". Scientific caution is sometimes confusing.

The fact that our best available theories are still speculations misleads some people to believe that these ideas are not founded. Hence, some people suppose their uneducated opinion is just as bad, or as good, as the mainstream scientific hypothesis.
This trend is probably led by the way science has been taught, i e as a flawless method that offers facts about reality.
And by pre-scientific philosophy, still strong in our modern societies.

Evolution is "just a theory" the way Notre Dame is "just a pile of rocks", isn't it?



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    Jun 15 2013: In today's world, the materialisim has taken a major part in our lifes that it wouldn't let any theories to easily flow under the brains of human beings, not only scieneific hypothesis but also religious told stories unfortunately that's how today's world work, while in all the holy scriptures it's mentioned that human beings has only gotten a drops out of the sea of unknown knowledges. I believe one day there shall be some links between a thing being relegious and scientificly applicable, we just need to keep going forward.
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        Jun 15 2013: Thanks Juan for the elaboration, I believe I've never mentioned something that says there's no contradiction between faith and science, yes I confess that there's is a contradiction at least theoretically, and I think it's our responsibility to do shorten the proximity between them, to answer all the unanswered questions. I'm just having my own hypothesis that they're both inline together the issue is how can we figure that out.
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          Jun 15 2013: Hi Abdulatif,
          Sorry, I did not express myself clearly. YOU, I AGREE WITH. I honest believe that the proper view is one that accepts a harmony between Science and Faith. You will seldom find AGREEMENT between the two, but a harmony between two vastly different paradigms is always to be aspired to . . . as a goal. When Faith & Science both get it right, it almost hits a musical note for me. I experience that as a harmony.

          My view is one of ACCOUNTABILITY, in that I am accountable before both in terms of what both require of me! I see that as the RESPONSIBILITY of an Apologist. For as an apologist, I respect the AUTHORITY of both. And there's lots of room there to get really smashed between the two. That can be very uncomfortable at times.

          Rather, I was responding to a very militant thought-movement that REJECTS all expressions of faith out-of-hand. I really wasn't aware of how prevalent/prominent that idea-set has become until I started spending time on TED (of-all-places). That really comes through in many of the talks.
      • Jun 17 2013: All should respect that wisdom

        I find it hard to believe you talk about respecting wisdom that some don't believe in, and then say that they shouldn't be militant about their beliefs. Respecting a persons beliefs is understandable, discussing those beliefs you will find that others do not share them, and will act accordingly. I see militants on all sides as humans are always willing to inflict their ideas onto others with or without proof.
      • Jun 18 2013: sorry if I misinterpreted what you said, just tired of all the atheist, God fights.
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          Jun 18 2013: Thanks for your response. I get tired of the fights as well. Please do spend more time here on TED. I like it here because I feel I learn so much.

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