To: Just mythoughts
"You're asking the wrong question, I think. Asking for a 'who' in this context is mistaken. Not everything that happens happens as a result of some conscious, directing agency."
When did science become about the right or wrong question?
Whose law is it that "not everything that happens happens as a result of some conscious, directing agency".
Doesn't this mean that life is a lottery or a bad accident depending on the status of ones life???
On your first question: Science is always about asking the right question. When a problem finally gets posed in a way that makes it amenable to study, progress usually follows. Until it does, little progress is made. (Case in point: When Galileo started asking how long does it take freely falling objects to traverse fixed distances rather than why do falling objects fall, he discovered the constant acceleration of gravity and brought modern physics into existence.)
On your second question: it's not a law, it's an observation.
On your third question: Uh, pretty much so.
What is the punishment for one who disobeys the law of evolution?
Darwin is still the greatest scientist of all time. He provided us with a powerful, unifying explanation for the changes that occur in nature. No one has been able to come up with anything better. Its a classic example of how the scientific method has been able to advance our understanding of the world around us. There is of course a place for religion but its important to remember the context: science seeks to explain what can be verified through direct observation and experimentation - e.g, the scientific method; religion seeks to explain what we can't rationally explain, like the mystery of death and why the world exists as it does - in other words, the ultimate origin of existence itself. When we understand the distinction, we realize that Darwin wasn't threatening to overturn our ties to God - its just that nature can now be appreciated on her own terms and we're all the more richer for it knowing that nature minds her own business without any reference to us at all.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
posted on 09/19/2005 12:19:16 PM PDT
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