Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Welcome a new warrior against pseudoscience

Phil Plait (a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer) has thrown down the gauntlet. Watching intelligent design creationists try to subvert biology education with religious pseudoscience, he's seen the writing on the wall for his field, astronomy, and predicts it won't be long before creationists start seriously moving into the field of astronomy. He wants to add his voice:
Many people like to say that science and religion are compatible. I find that to be a monumentally naive statement. Perhaps science and some religions can be reconciled, but if your religion says that Jupiter is really made of pixie dust, or that the Earth is flat, or that 1+1 =3, then your religion is wrong. It’s really just that simple. The Universe knows what it’s doing, and the reality of it is what science seeks. If your religion cannot be reconciled with that reality, then your religion is wrong (and I would certainly say the same thing about any science which incorrectly describes reality). Perhaps not all religions contradict reality, but certainly creationism does, as does Intelligent Design.
Welcome to the battle, Phil.

You're right; it won't be long before creationists seriously go after the cosmological sciences. Almost every major religion has reconciled itself with an old universe, an old Earth, and evolution. It's unbelievable that in the 21st century there is a significant proportion of the population that cannot reconcile scientific knowledge with their faith.

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