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6/29/08

Colin McGinn On The Zealots of Science




We all know about those on the religious right and their evangelical beliefs; in today's media nothing is said about the evangelists for science. Formerly an Oxford professor, Colin McGinn currently teaches at the University of Miami, and he has taken issue with both sides. I like what he recently said about those who beat the drums for all to be explained by science. We regard science as reasonable and so it is, but these people are enemies of thought, as termed by McGinn.

Essentially, he pondered "who is more deplorable among us: the superstitious zealots who limit their knowledge to what the Bible tells them or the scientists who are unable or unwilling to take any question seriously which has no scientific answer--which includes most of the questions I as a philosopher spend my time on. "

His comment can be found here.

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