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Shaker

The Big Bang - Is There Room For God?

BBC article

As usual it takes a scientist of the calibre of Lawrence Krauss to speak the plain and simple truth of the matter:

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So does that make it a realm where science and religion can come to an understanding?

One of the meeting's most outspoken participants, Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, says definitely not.

"One gets the impression from a meeting like this that scientists care about God; they don't," he says.

"You can't disprove the theory of God.

"The power of science is uncertainty. Everything is uncertain, but science can define that uncertainty.

"That's why science makes progress and religion doesn't."

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for many physicists, it is uncomfortable territory to use that word [truth] when talking about what we know about the Universe and the Big Bang.

Prof Krauss says that the word is at the heart of "one of the fundamental differences between science and religion".

"People who are religious believe they know the truth," he says.

"And they know the answer before even asking the question. Whereas, with scientists, it's the exact opposite.

"In science, although we use the word truth, what really matters is if it works.

"That's why it's a sensitive issue, because if you know the truth, there's no need to deal with this little question of whether something works or not."
cyberman

You know why this has no replies? It's because the thread title doesn't really match the OP content.

Yes I know posting a reply saying this thread has no replies causes a temporal paradox or something, but there it is. The continuum will just have to patch things up best it can.
Shaker

cyberman wrote:
You know why this has no replies? It's because the thread title doesn't really match the OP content.

Oh? Even though the thread title is the same as the article linked to in the OP, and the quoted section comes from the article? Hmmmm ... The OP content was quoted because it's the only piece of the article that makes any sense, because (a) it comes from an esteemed scientist, (b) the Big Bang is a scientific theory and especially (c) the methodological naturalism of the scientific method leaves no room for gods. Therefore the answer to the question, as if we needed to be told (clearly some still do, sadly) is a resounding "no."

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Yes I know posting a reply saying this thread has no replies causes a temporal paradox or something, but there it is. The continuum will just have to patch things up best it can.

I'm sure you thought that actually meant something when you wrote it  
cyberman

Shaker wrote:
cyberman wrote:
You know why this has no replies? It's because the thread title doesn't really match the OP content.

Oh? Even though the thread title is the same as the article linked to in the OP, and the quoted section comes from the article?


That's right. Even though that.
Shaker

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That's right. Even though that.


It's always National Hard of Thinking Day with you lot, isn't it?

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The OP content was quoted because it's the only piece of the article that makes any sense, because (a) it comes from an esteemed scientist, (b) the Big Bang is a scientific theory and especially (c) the methodological naturalism of the scientific method leaves no room for gods. Therefore the answer to the question, as if we needed to be told (clearly some still do, sadly) is a resounding "no."
cyberman

Shaker wrote:

It's always National Hard of Thinking Day with you lot, isn't it?


No.

Stop sulking.
Shaker

cyberman wrote:
Shaker wrote:

It's always National Hard of Thinking Day with you lot, isn't it?


No.

Stop sulking.


I'm not sulking at all: however, I'm mocking an evident inability to follow a simple post.
cyberman

Shaker wrote:
cyberman wrote:
Shaker wrote:

It's always National Hard of Thinking Day with you lot, isn't it?


No.

Stop sulking.


I'm not sulking at all: however, I'm mocking an evident inability to follow a simple post.


I followed it perfectly well. I am simply pointing out why no-one else replied.

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