Re: The Universe in a Single Atom

From: Jim Armstrong <>
Date: Wed Sep 21 2005 - 02:54:56 EDT

This would seem to me to be a difficult case to make. How does one
differentiate with some measure of confidence among revelation,
imagination, ideas, concepualization, theory formulation, sudden
insight, and so on? Some or all of these could certainly have some
effect on the course of science, even in errant in the short term. I
might even go further and suggest that the gifts of sentience and the
discoverability of nature conspire in a fairly profound form of
revelation which does have something to do with the exercise and course
of science. JimA

D. F. Siemens, Jr. wrote:

> I don't think there can be a situation in which revelation affects
> science. The empirical testing of models seems independent of
> metaphysical and religious commitments. A subjective idealist like
> Berkeley, a strict materialist or a realist (holding to the ultimate
> existence of both mind/spirit and matter) will have to check the same
> way, as will Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Moslem or rejector of all
> religion. In the prescientific era, metaphysical commitments gave rise
> to types of explanation: the perfection of the heavens and of circular
> motion gave rise to a theory of orbits using cycles, epicycles and
> deferents, along with the unmoved mover transferring movement to the
> beings moving the planets. The geocentric universe has a place in both
> metaphysics and scripture. But that was challenged by Aristarchus in
> antiquity, and by Copernicus, before Kepler put orbits on a scientific
> basis using Tycho's observations. Faith conflicts with scientism, but
> not with science--unless one is YEC, flat-earther, anti-Copernican,
> etc. on a quasi-literal interpretation.
> Dave
> On Tue, 20 Sep 2005 21:00:52 -0400 "Randy Isaac"
> < <>> writes:
> This seems to be a rather lopsided type of integration of reason
> and faith. Science gets to trump faith at every turn. On the
> other hand, can any of you really cite an example where faith and
> revelation affected science? (not the metaphysical meaning of
> science)
> Randy
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