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What is the difference between science and religion?

Isn’t there just as much proof that science is right as there is proof that religion is right?

Posted: December 31st 2008

Eric_PK

There are two features of science that religion lacks.

First, science makes useful predictions. Using scientific theories, you can predict that a satellite at a specific spot will stay stationary with respect to the earth, and that lets you orbit communications satellites.

Second, in science you can tell whether you are wrong. One of the requirements for a scientific theory is that it is falsifiable.

For example, Einstein’s theory of relativity says that clocks slow down as they go faster. You can put an atomic clock in orbit, and test whether his theory is correct or not.

From that perspective, “god does not exist” is a scientific theory – you can find out that you are wrong.

On the other hand, “god exists” is not a scientific theory, since there’s no way to prove non-existance.

Posted: January 1st 2009

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Dave Hitt www

Science gave us medicine. Religion gave us the inquisition. Science gave us airplanes and skyscrapers. Religion gave us fanatics who flew airplanes into skyscrapers. Science gave us a ticket to the moon. Religion gave us people demanding we stay home. Science gave us the internet. Religion uses it to spread superstition and coordinate terrorist attacks. Scientists gave us insights into the origins of the universe. Religion claims they’re all lying. Science gave us the computer. Religion gave us rosary beads. Science gave us the electric guitar. Religion proclaims that rock and roll is evil. Science gave us cell phones. Religion gave us prayer. Science gave us the age of enlightenment and the information age. Religion gave us the Dark Ages.

Every single time religion and science have disagreed, every time, science was shown to be correct and religion has been proven to be wrong.

About the only positive thing religion has given us is some art.

There is no proof that religion is right. It is, in fact, nearly always wrong. With such a consistent record why would any rational person choose religion over science?

Posted: January 1st 2009

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brian thomson www

Your phrasing is interesting: “which is right?” What does “right” mean in these circumstances? What has to happen to prove religion “right”? What is “proof”?

Personally, I’m more interested in which is correct, by which I mean: what gets results? Which allows us to see beyond our petty human concerns, in to the wider universe, the past, and the future? Which provides us with useful information and resources, to improve our lives in substantial, measurable ways?

As I’ve said before: science is not some “construct” that you are obliged to accept or reject in totalis. It’s a method, a set of principles that include scepticism towards arbitrary claims, observation, experimentation, working to reduce errors and deriving useful explanations and predictions. You can use the scientific methods to examine anything, including people and their beliefs.

You are free to ignore it, as many do, but that leaves you at the mercy of those who would take advantage of your ignorance. Do you believe everything you see on TV, or do you think about how they show what they appear to show? I find it continually amusing to see apologists for religion using the products of science – paper, the telephone, television, the Internet, etc. – to argue against science itself. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you, eh?

Posted: January 1st 2009

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logicel

I will re-phrase your question and instead ask, What is the similarity between science and religion? Both were brought into fruition by humans as a means of explaining our world.

As science grew up, learning from its mistakes, refining its scientific method and body of knowledge while keeping its passionate focus on deepening and furthering our grasp on reality and setting into motion significant improvements in the quality of our living, religion has stayed an hollering infant left behind in the dust of ignorance of whence we have emerged thanks to science.

For religion to grow up, it would have to admit that science has whupped its bottom. Instead, it insists in groveling in the gaps of our knowledge and moaning that it has imagined monopolies on morality, spirituality, and timeless, unchanging, and therefore, oxymoronic wisdom and truth.

Posted: January 1st 2009

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