Re: Developing story: Steve Gould's friend says Gould would never have signed...

From: Gregory Arago <>
Date: Tue Oct 25 2005 - 19:44:16 EDT

One may be able to study religion scientifically. But can one study God scientifically? Can one statistically or specificationally 'prove' the existence of God (read: unnamed Designer) through agent-like actions in history?
Believing one can (scientifically/biologically prove God's designs) seems to display a rather shackled imagination and obvious limitation of both atheistic scientists' views and those seekers of God's participation in the world and/or co-creation through rational-positive proofs. I believe Gould would at least not argue that religion can't be studied honestly, nor would he appeal to 'intelligent design' theories as helpful to understanding evolution theories' gaps.
But would he have signed the Humanist Manifesto as John Dewey did?
Arago wrote:
In a message dated 10/25/2005 5:01:47 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
>>> "Freeman, Louise Margaret" <> 10/25/05 4:10 PM >>>
I cannot imagine Gould as a friend of the current ID movement.

Ted comments:
On Goud's behalf, I can reply categorically that he was no friend of ID. I
did not know him, so how can I reply on his behalf?
Gould wrote a piece in Natural History magazine (oct or nov 97) in which he said you could not study religion scientifically. He was wrong of course or in denial as he was in the scathingly reviewed Mismeasure of Man. The title of the piece conveys the message:
"Non-Overlapping Magisteria."
rich faussette

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