[Marxism] Re: Wilson: science and religion are incompatible
Marla Vijaya kumar
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Wed Nov 16 09:48:32 MST 2005
AC Pollack refers Wilsons paper: "Many who accept the fact of evolution can not, however, on religious grounds, accept the operation of blind chance and the absence of divine purpose implicit in natural selection."
"Today we live in a less barbaric age, but an other-wise comparable disjunction between science and religion, the one born of Darwinism, still roils the public mind."
After my PG in Electrical engineering, I joined BHEL (Indian Government owned Electrical Equipment Manufacturing Company) in 1977 and, I was asked to report to one Mr Murthy, my senior in college by 4 years. He is a specialist in design of large electrical machines. A devout and extremely oerthodx Brahmin, he used to keep the photographs of Hindu gods on this table and never started the days work without an elaborate prayer. But surprisingly, he was a firm believer in the scientific method and used to insist that scientific method has to be adhered to strictly. He used to say that you can not design a machine and say that you got the dimensions dictated to you by God in your last nights dream. You have to substantiate your choice of dimensions by set of physical laws
In one of his good moods, I ventured to ask him, Sir, you follow scientific method for 8 hours in a day and follow unscientific beliefs for the rest of the day. Dont you see the contradiction.. He did not give a direct answer, but evaded by saying that being a communist and a non-believer, I am are trying to corner him with my arguments. He refused to accept the contradiction between the scientific method and religious dogma. In fact, it is the case with may men of science.
Vijaya Kumar Marla
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