Science feeds on mystery. As my colleague Matt Ridley has put it: “Most scientists are bored by what they have already discovered. It is ignorance that drives them on.” Science mines ignorance. Mystery — that which we don’t yet know; that which we don’t yet understand — is the mother lode that scientists seek out. Mystics exult in mystery and want it to stay mysterious. Scientists exult in mystery for a very different reason: it gives them something to do.
Admissions of ignorance and mystification are vital to good science. It is therefore galling, to say the least, when enemies of science turn those constructive admissions around and abuse them for political advantage... It isn’t even safe for a scientist to express temporary doubt as a rhetorical device before going on to dispel it.
He tends to reinforce the view that atheism and evolutionism are strongly linked.
christians believe God cares about human suffering, not animal suffering.
they believe that human suffering is positively necessary for humans to fulfill God's plan
the bible states something like - a day to god is 10,000 years and 10,000 is a day - meaning gods time is not our time. (2nd peter?) The 7 'days' of creation could easily have been EONS.
My argument will be that Darwinism is the only known theory that is in principle capable of explaining certain aspects of life. If I am right it means that, even if there were no actual evidence in favour of Darwinian theory... we should still be justified in preferring it over all rival theories.
One way to dramatize this point is to make a prediction. I predict that, if a form of life is ever discovered in another part of the universe, however outlandish and weirdly alien that form of life may be in detail, it will be found to resemble life on earth in one key respect: it will have evolved by some kind of Darwinian natural selection. The Blind Watchmaker (1996) pp.287-288
MeFi: Look this isn't an argument.bevets: Yes it is.MeFi: No it isn't, it's just contradiction.bevets: No it isn't.MeFi: Yes it is.bevets: It is not.MeFi: It is. You just contradicted me.bevets: No I didn't.MeFi: Ooh, you did!bevets: No, no, no, no, no.MeFi: You did, just then.bevets: No, nonsense!MeFi: Oh, look this is futile.bevets: No it isn't.MeFi: I came here for a good argument.bevets: No you didn't, you came here for an argument.MeFi: Well, an argument's not the same as contradiction.bevets: It can be.MeFi: No it can't. An argument is a connected series of statements intended to establish a definite proposition.bevets: No it isn't.MeFi: Yes it is. It isn't just contradiction.bevets: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.MeFi: But it isn't just saying "No it isn't".bevets: Yes it is.MeFi: No it isn't, an argument is an intellectual process... contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of anything the other person says.bevets: No it isn't.MeFi: Yes it is.bevets: Not at all.MeFi: Now look!bevets:(pressing the bell on his desk) Thank you, good morning.
bevets: Yes it is.
bevets: No it isn't.
bevets: It is not.
bevets: No I didn't.
bevets: No, no, no, no, no.
bevets: No, nonsense!
bevets: No you didn't, you came here for an argument.
bevets: It can be.
bevets: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
bevets: Not at all.
bevets:(pressing the bell on his desk) Thank you, good morning.
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