[SFRA-L] Science and Science Fiction
ErlichRD at MUOhio.edu
Tue Oct 25 09:54:36 EDT 2011
On 25/10/2011, at 6:35, Joan Slonczewski wrote in part:
> The bottom line: It's not a debatable "controversy" because science
> and religion are two different things.
But it is worth teaching such controversies as a way of looking at
what science and religion do: how they function in a culture, the
sort of questions they address, how the sciences and theology differ
in their ideas of evidence — etc. The school level at which that is
done is a major issue, but it should be done.
As J. S. Mill and Walter Lippmann saith, ideas don't really come
alive for people until challenged and defended (ON LIBERTY, "The
Indispensable Opposition" — with J. Milton probably having
precedence on both?).
BTW: Any speculation(s) why Darwinism got such huge resistance but
the theory of spontaneous generation pretty much — totally? — got a
pass? Spontaneous generation of life also denies Scripture.
(I get into this with the abortion issue framed as "When life
begins," since it doesn't in these parts, or at least not in a
serious way [since anything approaching life will get eaten by
something that is alive, or closer to life]. If the facts have
changed, please correct me, but I believe life began in a Biblical
reading some 5772 years ago and well over 3B years ago in the
scientific reading [which is the reading I accept, as does my
physicist rabbi as he leads services for Happy New Year 5772].)
Richard D. Erlich, Film Script Analyst
Port Hueneme, CA 93041-3447
Le Guin book: http://www.sfra.org/Coyote/CoyoteHome.htm
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