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 Post subject: Re: Scientism as religion. Really.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:15 pm 
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It may be pretty rational. As we've discussed previously, a good meme is worth far more than a good argument. You've heard the saying "baptism them all and let God sort them out". I wonder if some people just feel this sense that there is a God or something greater, and not too invested in any given argument for it, and so "baptize them all", shotgun anything and everything you've got that counts for faith, until God sets everyone straight directly.

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 Post subject: Re: Scientism as religion. Really.
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:13 pm 
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In the spirit of helping the poor blogger, I would strenuously and quite sincerely tell him it is critical (if he cares about credibility) to use Carlo Rovelli's book, but most especially, quit reading the ding-a-ling anti-scientists, and see what science really is and what it really does. Rovelli's final chapter in his book Reality is Not What it Seems. The entire book really is very well researched and written. The blogger needs to seriously read Lee Smolin Three Roads to Quantum Gravity in conjunction with Rovelli so as to have the cutting edge updated information on how science works, and exactly why it works. He would seriously also profit (as many of you know) from including Sean Carroll's masterpiece The Big Picture.

So can we use something along these lines as a basis for seeing if this blogger is at all serious, or is he going to fart around stupidly wasting his and our time by quoting idiots like the utterly discredited Behe still? I mean, surely as well read and knowing the blogger is, he by this time grasps that Behe has been discredited, yes?

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