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Science and Religion: A shared wonder

In a recent article in the Guardian, Jeff Forshaw a particle physicist, writes that “Science and Religion are united in a shared sense of wonder” about the universe. It is a interesting read, where Forshaw expounds on the danger of not acknowledging the limits of science.

“By overstating science’s power and not acknowledging its limitations, we risk fostering the growth of a religion-substitute, with the scientists as high priests. Such hubris not only irritates people, but more significantly it risks promoting the misconception that science deals with certainty – and that is the very antithesis of good science.”

He explains how science and religion answer a different set of questions. Science is not concerned with the meaning of life. If the universe has any point to it or not, it doesn’t matter from a scientist perspective. Irrespective, of their viewpoints, science and religion are united on one point, that our existence, and nature in general “inspires glory and wonder”.

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Curiosity of Mars – Space gamble that will pay dividends

Space science: gamble that paid dividends

The latest Mars mission is partly a tentative rehearsal for a long-planned joint US-European smash-and-grab raid

Planetary exploration is expensive – as Curiosity’s $2.5bn robotic landing on Mars on Monday morning certainly shows – but it is not an expensive luxury. The more we learn about the other planets, the better we know this one. A study of Earth without reference to the rest of the solar system would be a bit like the story of the UK without a mention of neighbours across the North Sea or the Channel: pointless and dangerously wrong. Continue reading