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#156 - englman (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 (01/27/2013) [-]
That's just your opinion though. But i like it!
#455 to #156 - cjasper (01/27/2013) [-]
thank you for this
thank you for this
User avatar #414 to #156 - kingpokerface (01/27/2013) [-]
Perfect. To quote one of my favorite books "Science questions how , Religion asks why?"
User avatar #344 to #156 - pwincesswoona (01/27/2013) [-]
that is pretty great. what user came up with it?
User avatar #501 to #349 - pwincesswoona (01/27/2013) [-]
ah. thanks. :3 i read the first part wrong. i thought you said something i saw instead of wrote. thanks!
User avatar #505 to #501 - englman (01/28/2013) [-]
You're very welcome:)
#279 to #156 - anonymous (01/27/2013) [-]
But there clearly isn't a God lol.
User avatar #280 to #279 - englman (01/27/2013) [-]
That's definitely your opinion alright.
User avatar #214 to #156 - retributionthepimp (01/26/2013) [-]
englman for president of the world!
#218 to #214 - englman (01/26/2013) [-]
Haha! Thanks for that friend, I'm flattered
#211 to #156 - anonymous (01/26/2013) [-]
Did you major in philosophy or something?
User avatar #215 to #211 - englman (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 (01/26/2013) [-]
Thank you for this.
Thank you for this.
#206 to #205 - englman (01/26/2013) [-]
You're welcome friend :) glad you enjoyed.
You're welcome friend :) glad you enjoyed.
User avatar #171 to #156 - whatevsnicktrololo (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.
User avatar #175 to #171 - englman (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!
User avatar #180 to #175 - whatevsnicktrololo (01/26/2013) [-]
Likewise sir!
User avatar #160 to #156 - purealterego (01/26/2013) [-]
can i hug you?
#162 to #160 - englman (01/26/2013) [-]
We can sure as heck try friend:D
We can sure as heck try friend:D
#158 to #156 - curlyhairedgoddess (01/26/2013) [-]
THANK YOU!
User avatar #159 to #158 - englman (01/26/2013) [-]
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it:)
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