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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 26 2013: God is a constructed image in the mind of many a person that was put there from stories and elaborated upon through life and that none of them can describe fully and complete.
    Science can't investigate anything that looks different in the eyes of any a person that states its existence.
    If one wants to find any creative force that generated all what we experience as our world than the first thing necessary is to get rid of any image we possibly have of God.

    Science though is born from curiosity to find the ultimate answers by investigating all we can interact with and does many discoveries while trying. Those sought for answers about everything will only arise the moment the scientists include within their explorations the one that is exploring.
    • Jun 26 2013: Hi, Frans !!!
      You say : " If one wants to find any creative force that generated all what we experience as our world than the first thing necessary is to get rid of any image we possibly have of God."

      Thank you for this .... :)

      A disciple said to him, "I am ready, in the quest for God, to give up anything: wealth, friends, family, country, life itself. What else can a person give up?"
      The Master calmly replied, "One's beliefs about God."
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      Jun 27 2013: I was under the understanding that the answer has never changed.

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