Abductive Columns

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Science & Religion

With the help of his assistant, Albert Einstein was preparing a final test for his university students. The assistant was dismayed to discover that the test was exactly the same one he had given the previous semester. The assistant explained to Einstein that the questions have a way of circulating among students and that everyone would know these questions. Einstein said there was nothing to worry about because even though the questions were the same—all of the answers would be different this year.
Science never has the last word. It’s always subject to change (pending new evidence) which means the answers might be different next year.

I find it interesting that what the Enlightenment (modern era) did to religion the emerging era did to science.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Interesting that just after reading your post, I came across a quote from one of the first print-reformation-enlightenment writers, Montaigne. Will and Ariel Durant in The Age of Reason indicate that he prefers the Copernican as opposed to the Prolemaic (this was the late 1500's when this was an issue), but he adds that "Who knows whether, a thousand years hence, a third opinion will rise, which haply may overthrow these two," and "whether it be not more likely that this huge body, which we call the World, is another manner of thing than we judge it?" and also "a persuasion of certainty is a manifest testimony of foolishness."

How do you see changes in science and this emerging thing affecting how you do your job in the Nuclear Medicine Department? I would be interested in learning how this is going to affect my workplace and work, as well.


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