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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 27 2013: Well... In my view there exist a creator!
    Just have a look around you, i mean in our Universe and you will explore variety of things. We have a cosmological constant for expandng Universe, a gravitaional constant for attraction, we have Black Holes and galaxies and so much stuff that could only br explained by mathematics. Similarly, jump to sub-atomic level and you will find Quarks Electrons and further down you may Strings as per string theory which also can be explained by mathematics. But how did this mathematics originated? What caused the gravitaional constan to be what we know? One cannot go against god simply by saying "mathematics answers!" My question is what lead 1+1=2 ? why cant it be any other number??? the Big Bang made our Universe... i am not against it, but it is said that whithin a fraction of second our Universe evolved millions of times big. How did such a complicated maths finely tuned our Universe in such a small time? our Mathematics is so rich. Maths is not a self evolving mechanism where the laws of Science are formed out of no where. We know our Universe evolved from 0, and we also know 0 multipled or divided by any number is 0. In order to remove the 0 we need to ADD or SUBTRACT a number from it. Well... then who added that number to the 0 state of our Universe to make it a beautiful place for us to live.

    In the end I would say: I don't know about God... But there may be a creator. Let that creator be a Supernatural being or an Extra genius being but for sure, he is a SUPER MATHEMATICIAN.
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      Jun 28 2013: but couldn't that 0 be any other number?
      • Jul 2 2013: That could be... But then the Question comes " From where did THAT number originate?"

        It cannot suddenly pop out! everything has a beginning and this cannot be started unless anyone or anything makes an effort to begin.
      • Jul 7 2013: our Universe is richer than we thought... there may be numerous laws which are still to be decoded. The geometry of our cosmos which you are talking of restricts us to visulise a 4th 5th 6th or higher dimensions. this geometry is also restricting us to time-travel through Universe. but what are the factors that are causing this geometry to enlarge 1st 2nd and 3rd dimension. why does our physics allows us to travel through time unidirectionally? who set those restriction?

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