TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

A world without religion, how will it really look?

The voices against religious belief are growing stronger in recent years as is to be expected in this age of information, but would there really be an idyllic world waiting in the end of this war?

Would the people susceptible to the religious doctrines really abandon illogical thinking, or will we see the various "New Age" movements get stronger with new pseudo scientific lies that might seem like an easier path to take than the proof demanding science, as we see today from many secular people around the world?

How far are we from completely embracing knowledge and research? How do you envision such a world?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Comment deleted

    • thumb
      Feb 17 2011: Wouldn't your proposal of co-existence require that the two opposing forces are trying to answer different questions? I think of it as science and religion following parallel paths, both leading to understanding, but they're not paths that can be traveled in the same way. That is, a railroad track can only carry trains, and a road, cars. They may both go from town A to town B, but the paths slightly different, the obstacles and mechanisms to get around there even more divergent.

      Maybe there will be a day when more people follow one path (aka the train, or science) than the other. In the meantime, all those within the community can do is try to make their path better through work, questions, and developing an understanding of the world at large. But if one happily travels by car, without disrupting my train ride, then who am I to tell them to stop?

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.