Firstly, I love Ira Flatow and SciFri but also, as a person of faith who loves Science, I’m saddened by people who believe they have to choose one side or the other because my friends, that’s some BS you bought.
I’m not religious by following particular dogma because I don’t need that. Many people need to feel they have chosen the Right One, not all people who choose a religion believe it’s the Right One for All. If you think that about others, you bought some more BS. Sadly, some people believe they have chosen the Right One. What a frightening world they live in. I know many people like this and they’ll say, ‘I’m not afraid!’ And then go on about all the stuff in this world that scares them. To them? I’m going to Hell. I’ve been told as much literally and I don’t mean figuratively hundreds of times. I grew up on Missouri. Of course I’ve heard this a lot.
I grew up with so many faiths being practised in my own family — sometimes siblings hating siblings for it — that it was an easy thing to understand it’s ridiculous to think your faith is better than somebody else’s based upon your God loving X more.
Towards the beginning, the author mentions Richard Dawkins being rude to his young daughter. The author was at a conference lecturing on Science…cos he’s a scientist. If you know of Mr. Dawkins, I think you’ll agree, he enjoys perfecting rudeness to the point of celebrity. I’ve listened to and agreed with him on a lot but I can’t tolerate him for long because he’s a bigger asshole than I am. I prefer to be the biggest asshole in any given situation.
Since I don’t restrict myself to dogma, only being the biggest asshole around, I’m fairly okay with anybody’s opinions. Your belief isn’t going to scare the Jesus into or out of me. I’ve heard that I’ve scared the Jesus out of others but like Dawkins, that just makes me smile.
-are the new readers gone yet?
I’m frightened by the lack of education in American schools and that comes from ME. -lets chorus on about how my school was proclaimed the worst in the USA (back at the time I was a student) by Newsweek for violent crime, drugs and illiteracy, explains me, doesn’t it?
They teach even less Science now and it’s a shame because I feel such wonder, enjoyment and gratitude to what I call God for these opportunities and gifts: a universe and our minds to explore it!
Anyway, here’s the podcast for anybody still reading 🙂 I just like that somebody is speaking out about this because all the scientists* I grew up with as a kid also were people of faith (like me, not necessarily congregationalists but sometimes!).
* Offhand, I can think of 3 nuclear physicists, a handful of chemical engineers (well, technically they studied a LOT of Sciences and Maths) and then, of course, a few AWESOME Maths and Sciences teachers, including one astrophysicist). I’m sure that I’m skipping some because they’ve been dead a long time. The bottom line from all of them, through our separate discussions was that it wasn’t a choice to them. I guess that’s why I never thought I had to make a choice either.