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#156 - englman
Reply +69
(01/26/2013) [-]
Something I wrote on FJ a while back, it's relevant so I'm going to paste it here.   
   
"Science doesn't try to disprove God or Religion. People futilely attempt to do this and use Science as the tool. Then Science ends up getting blamed, when the true culprit is the person. The relationships between War and Religion tend to share a similar problem. "All wars are started be some Religion! They should all be abolished!". This may appear correct at first glance, but it's deeper than that. Ignorance (intolerance, nonacceptance, and many other words fall under this type of "Ignorance") is what actually causes most, if not all, War. To put it simply, "You don't hold my opinion on _______, so I'm going to kill you."    
   
Back to the main point though. Science and Religion are both tools with distinct 'properties' that can be used differently. Science is more concrete, while Religion is more interpretive. This allows for some flexibility, because you can use them together in many different ways. Without making this a 7 page paper, though, I'll just give one example that I believe clears up what I mean.    
   
Love is essentially just a series of Biochemical interactions between two people, with a dash of Psychology/Sociology.    
Does knowing that make love any less 'magical' or 'special' though?    
   
One Scientist might say "Yes, this is how it works and it shows our interactions to be nothing more than complex Chemistry."    
   
The second Scientist might say "No, understanding how it works doesn't make it any less valid. Our concept of love still exists, but now we know how it works."    
   
Now, which one is correct?    
Big finish... It's ultimately a matter of opinion."
Something I wrote on FJ a while back, it's relevant so I'm going to paste it here.

"Science doesn't try to disprove God or Religion. People futilely attempt to do this and use Science as the tool. Then Science ends up getting blamed, when the true culprit is the person. The relationships between War and Religion tend to share a similar problem. "All wars are started be some Religion! They should all be abolished!". This may appear correct at first glance, but it's deeper than that. Ignorance (intolerance, nonacceptance, and many other words fall under this type of "Ignorance") is what actually causes most, if not all, War. To put it simply, "You don't hold my opinion on _______, so I'm going to kill you."

Back to the main point though. Science and Religion are both tools with distinct 'properties' that can be used differently. Science is more concrete, while Religion is more interpretive. This allows for some flexibility, because you can use them together in many different ways. Without making this a 7 page paper, though, I'll just give one example that I believe clears up what I mean.

Love is essentially just a series of Biochemical interactions between two people, with a dash of Psychology/Sociology.
Does knowing that make love any less 'magical' or 'special' though?

One Scientist might say "Yes, this is how it works and it shows our interactions to be nothing more than complex Chemistry."

The second Scientist might say "No, understanding how it works doesn't make it any less valid. Our concept of love still exists, but now we know how it works."

Now, which one is correct?
Big finish... It's ultimately a matter of opinion."
#463 to #156 - raikun
Reply +1
(01/27/2013) [-]
That's just your opinion though. But i like it!
#455 to #156 - cjasper
Reply +1
(01/27/2013) [-]
thank you for this
thank you for this
#414 to #156 - kingpokerface
Reply +1
(01/27/2013) [-]
Perfect. To quote one of my favorite books "Science questions how , Religion asks why?"
#344 to #156 - pwincesswoona
Reply +1
(01/27/2013) [-]
that is pretty great. what user came up with it?
#501 to #349 - pwincesswoona
Reply +1
(01/27/2013) [-]
ah. thanks. :3 i read the first part wrong. i thought you said something i saw instead of wrote. thanks!
#505 to #501 - englman
Reply 0
(01/28/2013) [-]
You're very welcome:)
#279 to #156 - anon
Reply 0
(01/27/2013) [-]
But there clearly isn't a God lol.
#280 to #279 - englman
Reply +3
(01/27/2013) [-]
That's definitely your opinion alright.
#214 to #156 - retributionthepimp
Reply +2
(01/26/2013) [-]
englman for president of the world!
#218 to #214 - englman
Reply +1
(01/26/2013) [-]
Haha! Thanks for that friend, I'm flattered
#211 to #156 - anon
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(01/26/2013) [-]
Did you major in philosophy or something?
#215 to #211 - englman
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(01/26/2013) [-]
Lol I'm flattered but no, I just think about this stuff 24//7. It drives me insane sometimes.
#205 to #156 - thedeadlypajamas
Reply +3
(01/26/2013) [-]
Thank you for this.
Thank you for this.
#206 to #205 - englman
Reply +2
(01/26/2013) [-]
You're welcome friend :) glad you enjoyed.
You're welcome friend :) glad you enjoyed.
#171 to #156 - whatevsnicktrololo
Reply +4
(01/26/2013) [-]
Wow man, these kind of statements stay with me for a lifetime. Even in 10 years, I am pretty sure that this what i read now will affect my opinion on some matter eventually. Well said man, well said.
#175 to #171 - englman
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(01/26/2013) [-]
Comments like yours have the same effect on me and push me to continue/strive to do better:) thank you friend, I greatly appreciate your comment.

I hope you have a great day!
#180 to #175 - whatevsnicktrololo
Reply +2
(01/26/2013) [-]
Likewise sir!
#160 to #156 - purealterego
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(01/26/2013) [-]
can i hug you?
#162 to #160 - englman
Reply +5
(01/26/2013) [-]
We can sure as heck try friend:D
We can sure as heck try friend:D
#158 to #156 - curlyhairedgoddess
Reply +1
(01/26/2013) [-]
THANK YOU!
#159 to #158 - englman
Reply 0
(01/26/2013) [-]
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it:)