Make The Tent Bigger!
First off I want to apologize for not posting as often as I’d like. I have been very busy with fall soccer, calculus, anatomy and physiology, etc. But soccer is almost over and once again, making the playoffs unfortunately seems unlikely. So that will give me more time. Anyway on to the post…
I am currently working on a project involving Francis Collins for my anatomy and physiology class (which I should be doing now, but sadly I am procrastinating). As a part of this project we had to create a fictional interview with a scientist, as well as a potato dressed as our scientist, a 10 page paper, and an oral presentation 😕 . There are enough interviews on the Internet involving Collins so I was able to use his own quotes for the answers to my questions. One of the questions I adapted was:
Cassie: What would you say to someone who will not accept evolution because it contradicts his or her most cherished beliefs?
Dr. Collins: “I would say that I understand that and I’m sympathetic with how jarring that realization can be. I would say that the stance that some believers take, which is simply to reject evolution, is also to reject the information that God has given us, the ability to understand. I believe God did intend, in giving us intelligence, to give us the opportunity to investigate and appreciate the wonders of His creation. He is not threatened by our scientific adventures.”
The more I read about this man, the more I think, why aren’t we teaming up with this dude in support of scientific literacy? Yes, Collins is a devout Christian, but he does not deny evolution! The more I understand about how the piece of meat between my ears works, the more I think that some people are just hardwired to believe. I mean here is a man who has an extensive knowledge of science and the world around us, but he still believes in that little 2000-year-old book. He is not alone. We really need to ask ourselves which is more important, total agreement with a person’s worldview or gaining support for the interests of science? Too many people relate atheism with science (or is it just my area? Doubt it.) For the sake of scientific advancement and literacy shouldn’t we team up with religious people who promote science?
Okay, maybe I’m stretching myself here. After all, the guy attempted to debate one of my heroes, Richard Dawkins, and basically got crushed… but…
Michael Shermer says:
“I like the big-tent and let’s-be-tolerant approach. If we’re close enough on the same page about many things, I think it’s more useful to cut people some slack, rather than going after them on some smaller points.” I couldn’t agree more, what do you think?
Oh yeah, like a good little geek, I now have a twitter account!