Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Religion v. Science, the latest round(s)

In a recent test, "researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery." (MSNBC) Strangely enough, "patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications."

The study was supported by the Templeton Foundation, which gives an annual award (The Templeton Prize) for "exceptional contribution" towards "affirming life's spiritual dimension." This year's winner is French quantum physicist Bernard d'Espagnet who believes "quantum physics shows us that reality is ultimately 'veiled' from us." (
BBC) Behind the veil? A hidden reality that is "in some sense, divine."

The BBC presents views from five other scientists on religion, including "the believer", quantum physicist John Polkinghorne, who feels "the ordered universe science reveals is only what you'd expect if it was made by an orderly God."

On the other hand, "the atheist", Nobel-prize winning physicist Steven Weinberg argues, "the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless."

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