Jun 072012

Question by irishumanist: Is the search for REAL answers to life’s mysteries more gratifying than simply blindly accepting ancient dogm
Is there anybody else who feels an absolute joy and sense wonder and fulfillment when learning about the true scientific reasons for the how the universe and everything that is in it came to be ?

Do you feel an immense sense of wonder and amazement when you contemplate the sky at night and marvel at all we have learnt about our orgins and existance and all that there is still to know ?

Finally do you think that this joy and wonder is far superior to simply accepting ancient dogmatic myths as a way of explaining the world around us

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Answer by M.J.R.

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  12 Responses to “Is the search for REAL answers to life’s mysteries more gratifying than simply blindly accepting ancient dogm”

  1. Most religious people accept ancient peoples ideas of the universe from the Bronze Age. I prefer objectivity, rationalization, and logic.

  2. Absolutely. The pale blue dot is a lot more awe-inspiring than any imaginary Big Daddy in the Sky.

  3. Reality *is* amazing!


  4. yes. Wholly and unreservedly. This is an amazing universe we live in. We don’t need a god to see that this is a natural miracle.

  5. Questioning leads to science which is a direct path to heresy.

  6. does it works for you?fine then,enjoy!i believe in fractals equations

  7. Your Scientific reason for how things came into existence is theory, there is no proof of its accuracy or validity. I feel amazement and joy looking up at the night sky and Thank God for putting them there for me to enjoy. This is not to be argumentative this is my belief as you have yours. I will not try to convince you that you didn’t evolve from primordial slime, and you cannot convince me I did.

  8. Absolutly, i could not have put it better myself. People who need god to feel a sense of wonder in the world have no imagination (or too much of one)

  9. fyi, most of the scientists who explained that sky (Kepler, Newton, Galileo, Faraday, etc) were deeply religious.

    My point being, religion and science do not have to contradict each other. In fact, that contradiction is relatively new. Yes, religious fundamentalist are primarily to blame, but we all don’t need to follow their lead on the subject do we?

  10. Scientific theories are intellectual and well thought out using modern technology and rationalism. What people have to remember is that the “God made everything” belief was at one point just someone’s theory of explaining everything. Whether or not it is better than the “Big Bang” theory is largely up to each person and what they are willing to accept.

    There is no solid proof for any theory of the existence of the world, the universe or humanity. Every theory (including every creationist religion) has flaws and holes that makes it difficult for them to stand up to intense scrutiny of those who wish to disprove them. My personal feeling is that it is better to think, wonder, question and research for yourself and then believe what you want; rather than reading what someone else wrote and saying “Yeah! That’s probably what happened!”.

    While I am not a Buddhist I believe Buddha said it best when he said:

    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it – even if I have said it – unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

    and also:

    “Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, believe not because you have been made to believe from your childhood, but reason truth out, and after you have analysed it, then if you find it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it and help others live up to it.” – Buddha

  11. no.

    You are either gay or not irish

  12. I agree, when I learn how something works whether it’s some part of the body (I recently learnt how ribosomes translate RNA into proteins) or something in physics (just learnt how some radiometric dating techniques work) I find that it does feel quite satisfying to be somewhat enlightened.

    I could never feel the same way about religion.

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