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The retreat from Copernicus, and what it means to me.

Think of science as a spotlight on a map of knowledge. As time passes, the spotlight gradually grows, illuminating more and more. Historically there was no worry that science would discredit theism as God's roles were things like weather, the movement of the heavenly bodies, the origin of our planet, life...all questions which for a very long time were thought impossible to answer except through supernatural means. But the spotlight kept growing, eventually encompassing the water cycle and the other natural forces behind weather. So God was moved back a bit, just behind the border of light and darkness, just beyond science's reach. Those who moved him felt terribly modern. "Look, ours is a theism compatible with science and which always will be!" they said.

But the spotlight kept growing. Soon it encompassed the movement of the heavenly bodies. Believe it or not if you care to research it this was an enormous controversy in the middle ages. It was thought atheistic heresy to suggest that the heavenly bodies were actual worlds one might go to, and that their motion was not divinely controlled. Those who conceded that natural processes drove the planets felt terribly modern and enlightened, because their faith was not in conflict with the science of the day, so they could feel both men of science and of God.

But the spotlight kept growing. Charles Darwin's discovery of evolution unseated God as designer of life, and the controversy rages to this day. Some shifted God yet again to a removed creative position at the point of singularity, just beyond the reach of science. "Look," they said, "our faith is compatible with science and which always will be!"

...Meanwhile, the spotlight continues to grow larger every day.

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Guess who went to PZ Myers' lecture at UCF on the 5th

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 12:43pm 2 Comments

Me! I even touched him. I hope genius is contagious.

I tried really hard to get some beard clippings to sell on Ebay but he was wily and agile, evading my scissors every time. Damn his cat-like reflexes!

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At 7:16am on January 28, 2009, Hana said…
Add me back, jerkhole! I don't consider you one of my closest friends for nothing!
At 9:56pm on December 12, 2008, Heather McIntosh said…
Hey there! I was indeed a member of the Orlando Atheists and Freethinkers Group until I moved to Atlanta a little over 2 years ago. I'm still bummed I can't go to those meetings anymore- Jack does a great job!
At 4:47pm on December 9, 2008, Johan said…
Cool, I'll have a look at it when I have some free time. But I do love the thought of learning Blender. :)
At 1:37pm on December 9, 2008, Johan said…
So you're into Photoshop and 3D-design? Well, I'm a Linux / Open Source kind of guy, and have been for nearly three years. I don't really care for graphical design of any sort. I've played around with both Photoshop and The Gimp, but I don't really have any ambitions in that field.
3D is more interesting though. I've begun some Blender tutorials a couple of times, and it's a powerful complex piece of software, and a beast to get into if you're not genuinely interested.
At 9:15pm on November 10, 2008, Laura said…
hmmm, maybe throw squids at each other? that may be the pharyngula equivalent to the fist bump...
At 2:29am on October 20, 2008, Evilgenius20 said…
Hi Lego Robot, I know you from Atheist Nation. Welcome to the Nexus.
At 12:43am on October 20, 2008, Just Trying said…
Hey Lego Robot, thanks for the friend add,
How are you doing?
take care,



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