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Tuesday, December 12

Science's "Greatest Contribution to Civilization"

by Dr. Gerry Lower

From the Smirking Chimp

Toward the end of his 1977 book on cosmology, “The First Three Minutes,” the Nobel Laureate, Dr. Steven Weinberg, wrote “Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization” (1).

This statement is, very simply, the horrible and glorious truth of cultural evolution and it alludes to the larger evolutionary program in which all people on earth are currently embedded, largely without their thinking and knowing about it. The scientific, i.e., human view of the world has completely changed during the 20th century, at the expense of religion and just in time for the 3rd millennium (2).


I thought this commentary made a lot of sense. But what do I know. Check out the comment section -- lot's of good arguments, but I think they really went overboard picking it apart.

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