You are absorbing it through the filter of a 100% faith belief, a belief not substantiated by any objective evidence.Quote
I'm still absorbing Sheldrake's talk, as well as his q and a session after.
No, it wil, I think, irritate me since he will be talking from the point of view of having some kind of faith belief. How does he claim to speak for or about atheism among scientists? The very fact that he apparently does indicates an unclear view of lack of belief.Quote
Listen to Rupert. He explains things so well from a British perspective--especially atheism among scientists in your country.
Now, you really will have to pause here and clarify that odd statement. How can anyone be a 'better' or 'not better' atheist? What on earth do you think atheists are?! What makes him, to you anyway, a 'better' atheist than me?!Quote
I think he actually was a better atheist than you are
Well, that is very gracious, or rather graciously extremely condescending of him, isn't it?Quote
and still appreciates the contributions of real atheists who know something about science.
So I immediately googled the question'what do astrophysicists think of Rupert Sheldrake' and the first link that came up was this and right near the top of the page is 'Sheldrake peddles his woo to Americans'. 'Nuff said!!Quote
Sheldrake is still a working scientist--doing experiments and collecting data. He publishes in peer reviewed journals.
Richard Dawkins has maintained clear scientific views and has not, unless you can show otherwise, compromised them for commercial purposes. He is one of those who has helped to move objective knowledge forward and, by showing where evidence actually leads, has made available to non-scientists a wider knowledge base.Quote
Dawkins is a retired popularizer of science--a TV entertainer--who I'm beginning to appreciate and sympathize with more--as I realize how much his performances were scripted and simplified by the BBC.
Did you ever read his'The Ancestor's Tale'? Or the book he wrote for younger people, 'The Magic of Reality'? The original edition, liberally illustrated with lovely photographs, was something I wish I could have seen properly. However, the paperback version came out later and my reader read it to me. We both found it excellent.
Okay, to finish off this post, I'll put in a request for you to find something he says that you think I would agree with!!!Quote
My biggest objection to Sheldrake is that I can't find much he says to disagree with. I must be slipping.