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Friday, 10 April 2015

Science and Religion - Yin and Yang

I believe in government, philosophy, religion, science and truth. And in love and money but no longer in the love for money. I may be an outcast towards extreme and closed minds. So be it. Ignorance is bliss. I am fascinated and intrigued by how science continues fitting in an intelligent design theory. Now I have possibly even upset more people. So be it. Ignorance is bliss. I am open minded towards anything that comes on my path. It helps me in finding creative, elegant, logical and simple solutions.

The closer scientists come to the essence of Life, including the origin of our Universe, the more spectacular their results, and the more complex the remaining hypotheses. Yet, each hypothesis raises new dilemmas that are even more difficult to grasp, like: what existed before the Big Bang. See my March 8 blog.

Some scientists prefer the opposite of an intelligent design, being the chaos theory. Also see: link 1, link 2. I must admit that I have some sympathy for it. The idea that our entire life would be planned / designed would make us feel / think that we would lack free will deciding for ourselves. See my 26 March blog on free will. Moreover, the chaos around us doesn't always suggest an intelligent design.

However, ultimately everything is in the eye of the beholder: beauty, chaos, complex hypotheses, as well as intelligent design.

I see our Universe, and Life in general, as perfection of the highest possible order. Perfection isn't random. It comes by design. In that context, an intelligent design theory makes perfect sense to me.

As far as I am aware, there was - or is - no culture on Earth that did or does not have a belief in a Supreme Being. Religion appears to be in our human brain (beliefs) and mind (thoughts). See my earlier April 1 blog.

I doubt that all scientists are atheist and/or agnostic. Most likely, the entire scientific population would show a somewhat similar % of religious people as the global population. Interesting outliers may however be found in some particular scientific areas.

The mistrust of science in religion has a perfectly valid base as men claiming practicing religion have long tried keeping scientific knowledge to themselves. People's ignorance was bliss to them.

The irony of all, is that scientists are probably the ones who are most afraid of an intelligent design theory as it provides elegant, logical and simple answers rather than complex hypotheses. In essence, each new scientific discovery underlines an intelligent design theory.

I don't propose "merging" religion and science. To the contrary, in fact. Both are like the required checks and balances, or sanity checks. They cohabit like the flip sides of the same coin while never seeing each other.

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describes how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Wikipedia.

I believe that Science and Religion are like Yin and Yang. That is the essence of my intelligent design view.