Saturday, January 27, 2007
Evolution vs ID vs Descartes: Part 3: SUM
If you haven't read part 1 and 2 here is what you need to know:
If there is a designer then evolution was part of the design. Therefore "ID" vs "Evolution" is a red-herring.
Of course, the debate is one of those "science vs faith" issues. Please do not construe the above as statements about faith, or religion, they are not. The following toughts are though.
Personally, I think it is the wrong debate, the wrong issue. I find one can wonder at "the creation" without having to pick a fight with Science. In my case, I am in awe of the creation. Period. Thank you.
What bothers me is when people flaunt their religion in your face. By all means, practice if it makes you happy and you have decided to devote a part of your life to regligion. If that is your thing, then good for you! Keep it private.
I think faith and logic should operate in orthogonal and NON-EXCLUSIVE worlds. Therefore religion and science should as well. Science doesn't want to explain "God", it can't and doesn't concern itself with faith. That much has been admitted for a long time. Many scientists believe in "something" many are downright religious people. Science doesn't mean atheism. Science and religion should co-exist in separate dimensions, because their driving feelings, faith and logic, are separate and non-exclusive emotions.
In the case of "evolution", I think the fight is downright ignorant and misguided. One can observe evolution as fact and still marvel at the "creation" every day. I dont' need to agree with the creationists on WHO did it and HOW it was done. I don't care. I just care that it IS done. I don't need a codified religion to feel that kind of "faith".
When I was young, I thought Descartes had proven "existence". I didn't need to believe, it was proven. You probably know Descartes, he is famous for his "cogito ergo sum". "I think, therefore I am". He is also famous for being famous in the same town as my father, Tours France, but less so.
However, I think that the "I think" in the cogito, is a STATEMENT, A STATED and OBSERVED FACT, it is not a proof: in a word, it is a POSTULATE (admitted truth in your system). If you admit that "I think" then the "therefore" part of "therefore I am" becomes redundant. They are one and the same thing.
As soon as you state that something about YOU IS, your thought in the case of Rene Descartes, then you have essentially postulated yourself into existence. "Therefore I am" is a "slight of thought", a tautology really, no information is added.
It took me 20 years to come to grips with that statement though :) I thought it was proof of existence. It isn't, I was tricked by the therefore/ergo which made it sound like a proof. It is a postulate. The cogito is a postulate followed by a tautology.
But to me it can capture "faith".
The "SUM!", not as a following to "ergo sum" but as a standalone exclamation: SUM! is both a more intellectually honest version of the cogito and to me at least is a fact to wonder at. I can't get past it intellectually or even near it in abstraction. I postulate it, admit it and move on. That is my faith. I wonder at Creation. I don't need a religion, I don't need bombs or ceremonies. I just wonder that IT IS. The creation is here, it is here, isn't that cause enough for wonder? Aren't we lucky enough? Why pick a fight over it?
Radical creationists would be better advised to go about the business of worshiping their gods in PRIVATE and leave the minds of our boys and girls out of it. There is a place for worship and a place for learning, and then there are many places for making fools of yourselves.
If your teachings clash with facts, deal with your teachings not the other around. Revise your texts.
It is the wrong fight, one that characterizes its proponents as "ignorant bullies". They are transparent in their designs. If their "faith" was any real they would realize that "faith" is a universal feeling, shared and understood by many. A feeling that transcends any particular religion or codified expression.
Remember I love you,