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Vetenskap och religion

Kärnfysikern Milton Rothman ser på religion i denna artikel från 1993, nu återpublicerad i Skeptic Magazine.

Realism and Religion: A Physicist Examines the Basis for Belief

What should a scientist think about religion and God? Is there a relationship between belief in religion and the paranormal? Just how far should a skeptic go in challenging the belief systems of the world? Finally, what is the basis for our belief in anything? These are the fundamental questions I will address in this essay that touches on one of the most sensitive issues in skepticism — the relationship between science and religion and the extent to which the scientist should apply his belief in realism to all aspects of our knowledge of the universe.
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In conclusion, the ironic fact is that religion has no ability to explain anything. While scientific discovery has increased exponentially during the past century, religious discovery has remained a flat zero. There have been important historical discoveries, but no improvements in explaining where the gods reside, how they interact with man, where the gods lived before the universe was formed, and how they learned how to create the universe. (I use the plural gods, because each religion has its own variety of god.) Recent attempts to claim that a god caused the Big Bang really do not explain anything. They just push the unanswered questions back into the past.

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