Are Science and Religion Compatible?
George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School argues that the age-old divide between science and religion is solvable, but would benefit from less polarizing views.
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What's the Big Idea?
George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School argues that science relies on a certain kind of faith. "It’s kind of an act of faith that science is a good thing," he says. And yet, the moral underpinning of science is something we may not be able to rely upon millions of years from now."
What's the Significance?
Church argues that the age-old divide between science and religion is solvable. "We can bring them together," he says, "but it requires less extreme views, or what would benefit from less extreme views."
At least he wasn't burned at the stake, right?
- The letter suggests Galileo censored himself a bit in order to fly more under the radar. It didn't work, though.
- The Royal Society Journal will publish the variants of the letters shortly, and scholars will begin to analyze the results.
- The letter was in obscurity for hundreds of years in Royal Society Library in London.
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- Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
What do we see from watching birds move across the country?
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