How is that relevant? In my early years, I was in fact a firm believer in God; not the myths and stories in the bible which my parents were quite firm about were not supposed to be taken litrally, but were stories to help children grow up with good standards, etc. during my twenties and thirties, having come into contact with a wider range of people, I had learnt a lot, but still retained a firm belief that God was certainly sort of *there* somewhere, although I had worked out, completely to my satisfaction, that he/it did nothing. It was not until my forties that I realised the belief had simply evaporated from my mind - and very glad I was of that too, except for missing the singing in the church choir! Why didn't I carry on? Well, the words were so daft, they stuck in my throat"Quote
In the autobiographical narrative I linked, Rupert shows himself early on to be a much more solid atheist than you were in your early years.
Good for him.Quote
As a boy, he refused to accept confirmation and join the church,and certainly didn't rock the Darwinian boat as he rose to prominence in biology.
and 'along the way', he forgot the discipline and rigour of science and deluded himself into being subjective and, possibly, even probably, found that it was financially more lucrative; but I'm not going to bother to research that.Quote
]His transformation happened away from Britain--in India--and he described some of his experiences along the way in a very humorous way. I think that he needed to get away to get perspective on his life.
There's only one reliable way and that is to acknowledge the answer is 'don't know' to questions that cannot be objectively answered.Quote
If he had grown up as a scientist here, I think things would have been very different--in good ways and bad ways.
I think it is somewhat bizarre to bracket Sheldrake with Dawkins, as the latter has maintained a clear, scientific, objective view of facts and fiction.Quote
I never had to take atheism very seriously, while taking a certain amount of agnosticism for granted. For him, declaring himself a Christian was like a gay person coming out of the closet. I think both Sheldrake and Dawkins have developed personal epistemologies quite similar to each other and most scientists in the United States.
well, I think that takes the prize for the most patronising, daft statement of the year! :)Quote
It's taken me a long time to realize that.
It also helps me understand better how you could get so lost.
Go on, then, here’s your challenge for the week: explain why you have come to this idiotic conclusion!