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    "Queerer Than We Suppose: The strangeness of science,"

    Richard Dawkins is Oxford University's "Professor for the Public Understanding of Science." Author of the landmark 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, he's a brilliant (and trenchant) evangelist for Darwin's ideas. In this talk, titled, "Queerer Than We Suppose: The strangeness of science," he suggests that the true nature of the universe eludes us, because the human mind evolved only to understand the "middle-sized" world we can observe.

    Mon, Sep 22, 2008  Permanent link
    Categories: brain, Science, Dawkins, Evolution
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    notthisbody     Wed, Oct 1, 2008  Permanent link
    I'm glad to see a scientist (and darwinist, or evolutionist) admit that the human mind can only understand so much. Scientific theory is good in, well, theory. The idea that a theory holds until disproved is a good one - we should always try to further our understanding.

    The problem is that so many of those theories become entrenched in an ideology or a way of thinking, and minds become closed to other possibilities, so that even if the theory is disproved, they'll still stick to it - even cover it up - because of what they have to lost.

    This is the dangerous thing about theories.

    Richard Dawson's statement about what the human mind may not be able to understand is nothing new - eastern philosophy has known this for millenniums.

    "The materialistic person, they have only one experience: this cosmic manifestation. Beyond this they have no other vision. Their senses are imperfect. Just like the astronomers, they have got big, big telescope, many other instruments. They want to see through the eyes how many stars are there, how the planets are moving, and whatever imperfect knowledge they receive, by that little knowledge they advertise themselves as great scientists. But they do not calculate that "We are trying to see the stars and planets with powerful binoculars. That means our eyes are imperfect.’’

    And what is the guarantee that the instruments which they’re using, they are also perfect? Because that machine, that binocular, is also made by a person who is imperfect. So what is the guarantee that by seeing through binocular or microscope, the conclusion arrived, it is perfect? What is your answer? Your eyes are imperfect, that’s a fact. Otherwise, why you are using binocular, microscope? Eyes are imperfect. Originally your eyes are imperfect. Now, eyes or other senses, it does not matter. Sense is sense. So you are manufacturing a machine, some instrument, by the same imperfect senses, then what is the guarantee that this machine, this binocular, if you see through the binocular, the knowledge is perfect?

    Perfect knowledge cannot be received with imperfect senses. Only through perfect senses can perfect knowledge be received."

    Sangfraud     Sat, Oct 4, 2008  Permanent link
    Danger lies in many areas, not just in theories. It also lies in petrification of ritual and among other areas of human endeavor. Perfection is a process just like evolution.