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Re: Hanson 2006, Mortimer, Baeker response

Don Ohmes (d_ohmes@yahoo.com) wrote:

<Picking nits here. Faith and religion are kept _entirely_ separate from the
_practice_ of science, _by definition_.  By _all_ people.>

  I'm not sure this is entirely correct. Science by definition states that it
does not look into the supernatural, but not all religions claim to the
supernatural, and it is perfectly possible to be a "religious" person without
any supernatural entities. I notice that for those advocating such a
supernaturality-based definition, they are themselves either firmly on one side
or the other of the debate, and opposed to the other side. I hardly find an
unbiased viewpoint and realized, how can there hardly be an unbiased viewpoint
on the matter?

  Faith and science DO intermingle. It is the awareness of their interaction
that helps keep them in check, not that they simply automatically separate
themselves. Thus, I attempted to qualify my statement about weall-reasoning
people, and by "most" of them. That we can have "scientists" making science
po9licy decisions based on tenets or concerns of faith, such as the recent NASA
issue, should make us aware that there will always be people stepping between
the "worlds".


Jaime A. Headden

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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