Friday, April 28, 2006

Why is Intelligent Design never a problem in Physics class?

The wag in me thinks it's because those obsessed with the ID debate never made the calculus requirement for phyisics. Embracing limits and infinity seemed a leap of faith to me. I stumbled with it.

I missed this last night on Milt but file it away here to later read the book.

Of the universe, British scientist James Jeans once said that it “begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.” Even as scientists probe the innermost depths of the universe and come ever closer to explaining its origins, much of cosmology remains a dark mystery. We once again look to the sky and attempt to explain how and why we are here with JOEL PRIMACK, professor of physics at the University of California Santa Cruz, and his wife, NANCY ABRAMS, a lawyer and former Fulbright scholar. Together they have written a fascinating new book The View from the Center of the Universe: Discovering Our Extraordinary Place in the Cosmos, which not only explores recent cosmological findings, but also discusses their philosophical implications.

1 comment:

Jason H. Bowden said...

A lot of physicists have strong idealist tendencies. Unfortunately, if the world is fundamentally mind or a great thought, a commonplace belief in the 1800s, we're left with what philosopher David Stove called the Ishmael effect. It would be like saying I was on the Pequod, everyone on the Pequod died, and here I am telling you the story. An Ishmael-statement is a statement that if true, the speaker could not have made to begin with.