new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

science vs belief chart

via LOLgod:

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  1. This chart is insightful, but a little disingenuous because it assumes that theists don't have doubts about their faith or have not rejected the idea of religious certainty.
    Scientific observation is incredibly useful and powerful, but is frustratingly inadequate when applied to the hugely inscrutable condition of human nature and consciousness. Scientifically, we can only spin theories (like Freud's, for example)and we begin all over again to tell ourselves new fairytales and narratives to explain the agonies of consciousness. When we try to redress these agonies, we devise "therapies" to alleviate the symptoms (including scientific pursuits as a form of therapy), but the real source of our condition keeps on eluding us, and more problems surface and questions appear. What's more, the theories and therapies themselves carry with them the potential for more suffering and dissatisfaction.
    Human nature is much more complex than we ever thought, and a simple deductive explantaion of environment and natural forces is inadequate, because our reason is itself limited. Religious narratives may have some insights into our condition, outside of blind adherance to dogmas that excuse violence rather than contribute to the mending of humanity. We to fully come to terms with our limitations and humbling ignorence. We know less about ourselves and our motives than we think in our technological age.
    Great blog, Helen, very thought provoking. Keep it up!

  2. well, that's an argument from ignorance -- i don't know the workings of human consciousness, therefore i fall back on a supernatural explanation.

    actually, science has made a lot of progress into the workings of the mind -- freud is prehistory compared to what we now know -- and, as far s therapies go, i think, even though it's perfect, science works. when i'm ill, i go to a doctor, and i've already lived twice the lifetime that the ancients did. present research on life extension are very promising, whether i live to see them or not.

    obviously, science does not have all the answers, and most probably will never solve every mystery... but if science can't, what in the world would convince anybody that making up supernatural beings can? i have yet to see one bit of religious narrative that has proven to have one iota of usefulness or insight to our condition.

    we are not ignorant. we've made great progress and, unless we destroy ourselves, will continue to do so.