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Cory Warshaw

Curator @ TEDxUCDavis, TEDxUCDavis


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Science vs God?

I am the Curator of TEDxUCDavis, and I wanted to create a page where people could discuss the talk at my event by Bryan Enderle: Science vs God. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn7YQOzNuSc&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rNNNJZyHiIb3MMhM3QQyiAD&index=10

First and foremost, I wanted to make a disclaimer. The views expressed in this talk do not reflect the views of the broader TED-organization. The selection was made entirely by me and the content was produced entirely by Mr Enderle.

I invited Bryan to speak despite the fact that I am an atheist, and knowing how often I would cringe at these types of talks. In my view what Bryan does differently is merely make a plausibility argument for traits that seem too fantastic to many. He is not arguing for the existence of God. I was once a vindictive atheist who cheered for Richard Dawkins in his debates and despised religious thought. Eventually however, I realized that this debate has been raging for centuries and to simply discount all the brilliant people who had faith would be too simple. There is a debate to be held yes, but it does not need to be so vitriolic and people of both sides can learn from each other.

In this debate section please keep your comments specifically to the points discussed in his talk, and try not to stray to other issues. I think Bryan titled his talk to be deliberately provocative, since it is this false dichotomy between faith and science that he tries to break down in his talk. If we can think how the two philosophies can inform the other, then we can have a productive discussion.


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    Jun 24 2013: What most people call "god" is just a particular, anthropomorphic vision of Deity.

    Speaking in terms of gender, age, looks, costumes, practices, etc. about Deity is so childish it can make one either cry or laugh.

    That is why I do not particularly endorse the word "god". I refer to it as the Creative Mind.
    With no physical, gender, shape, whiskers, human emotions and such, primitive ideas.

    Interestingly, skeptics and or atheists support such visions, as they are easy to destroy and attack. The permanent refusal to dig into other ways of thinking and explaining Deity are immediately brought down with crude, diminishing assertions.

    IF someone thinks is capable of understanding more about Deity Intelligence or the Creative Mind visit this link:

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      Jun 25 2013: Good link Mike, should be required reading. Overwhelming as the scientific evidence is it never seems to be overwhelming enough to surmount the propaganda machine. We live in hope.....


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