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The “Quantum Leap” Between Religion And Science

Aired 10/4/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Dean Nelson


Dr. Dean Nelson, founder of the journalism program at Nazarene University, and physicist Karl Giberson, have co-authored a book on John Polkinghorne. Polkinghorne is a leading theoretical physicist and also an Anglican priest. Their book, "Quantum Leap" analyzes the relationship between science and religion as understood by Polkinghorne, an expert in both fields. We will speak with co-author Nelson to discuss his views on these subjects, Polkinghorne's conclusions, and the modern discourse of religion and science in the U.S.

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GeraldFnord | October 5, 2011 at 9:19 a.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

Terry Pratchett has two characters in his excellent "Nation" say:

“Perhaps things can be true in special ways?” she suggested.

“No. People say that when they want to believe lies,” Mau said flatly. “And they usually do.”

I love the Talmud, and can admire the bloody-mindedness of the Church Fathers, but I'd exchange them all for the differential-form derivation of the curvature tensor in a a Schwarzschild manifold, or Fermi's Golden Rule: the former tells us about what's inside our heads, the latter about _everything_.

Social truths _do_ live entirely in our heads...that's why they're inferior to actual ones.---they can be influenced by persuasive or loud/threatening voices. They cannot be subject to the sort of testing that makes them not beholden to wealth or power or the mob or our fears (say, of living forever in unbearable pain) and hopes (say, of living forever somewhere nice).

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